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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Second Thursday Family Storytime:  " Teddy Bears " 

6:30 pm-The Birmingham Museum/John West Hunter Park
Join us at the historic Hunter House for a seasonal treat of some special stories about teddy bears read by a children's librarian from the Baldwin Public Library, and see an antique teddy bear from the museum collection!  Intended for young children (children must be accompanied by an adult). Parking is available at the Chester Street Parking structure.Registration required; please register online at the library.

Joint Library-Museum Lecture Series to Explore Art and Activism

This fall, the Birmingham Museum and Baldwin Public Library will be presenting a joint lecture series program entitled,“Art and Activism,” which will take a closer look at the long tradition in the arts of questioning authority and making us think. Whether in the theater, in music, or in the visual arts, encouraging new perspectives has a long history in the western world. This three-part lecture series will explore this history and the important role played by the arts in challenging the status quo. Each program will feature a presenter who will provide historic context for this tradition in their respective field.  Free to the public.

  • October 12, 2017:  “Art and Activism: The Theater”  7:00-8:30 (at the Baldwin Library)

KaplanJay Kaplan will discuss how the stage has been a natural place to question authority and make political commentary, from the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to Europe under repressive regimes to modern day. Kaplan is a respected actor/director in the Detroit area who has been associated with the Village Players for years.  As an attorney for the A.C.L.U., he also has one foot firmly planted in local activism.  Miss the lecture? You can watch the video here. 

  • November 9, 2017:  “Art and Activism: Music”  7:00-8:30 (at the Baldwin Library)

Sue W. newsroom - Copy (2)Susan Whitall will present some of the major ways that music, especially American music, has actively contributed to the tradition of political expression and social issues.  Whitall is an author, long time music critic for the Detroit News, and former writer/editor for Birmingham’s CREEM Magazine. 

  • December 14, 2017:Art and Activism: The Visual Arts”  7:00-8:30 (at the Birmingham Museum)

Ptyko - CopyBirmingham artist and filmmaker Victor Pytko will discuss how the visual arts can broaden a viewer's understanding by presenting a different perspective, suggesting another reality or stimulating a new perception.   The premise that "art must offend to advance” will be considered in the context of Victor’s work on display at the Birmingham Museum through December 31, 2017.