Friday, March 14, 2014

The Songs of the Fifty States: Alabama

(What is "The Songs of the Fifty States"?)

Birthday Party, 1996, by Alabama artist Dale Kennington


Size: 135,765 km2 (30th)

2013 Population: 4,833,722 (23rd)

Statehood: 1819 (22nd).  Seceded 1861; Readmitted 1868.

American Human Development Index: 4.04 (46th)

Art Mecca: Whenever I've seen images of paintings credited to the Birmingham Museum of Art, I've always assumed that it must be an institution of the British Midlands city.  But it turns out I've probably been wrong.  Birmingham, Alabama, is home to what looks like an above-average regional collection.  Strengths, as far as I can tell, are Renaissance and Baroque European painting, and the strongest Asian collection in the Southeast.  They seem very up on European decorative art, if that's your thing.  They also have a far better developed collection of artists of Alabama than we usually see out here on the West Coast.

Right off the freeway, the BMA would be a fine stop to check out the fine arts if one was zipping through Alabama.  Especially since -- check this out -- it's free.  As in, they don't make you give them any money.  Closes at five, though.

Michael 5000's Alabama

First Visited: May 26, 1994 (23rd)
Most Recently Visited: May 15, 2003 (42nd)

First Run In: n/a
Best Run: n/a

Have Admired the Visual Arts In: No.
Have Geohashed In: No.
Have Slept Overnight In: Yes.

Counties Visited: 32/67 (12th)
% Complete: 47.8% (22nd)

Mrs. 5000's Counties Visited: 20/69 (20th)
% Complete: 29.9% (27th)
Mrs.5000 First Visited: May 11, 2003 (49th)
Mrs.5000 Most Recently Visited: May 15, 2003 

Atlas of All Roads Travelled

Plans and Aspirations

I can't say I really have any plans to visit 'Bama on the radar.


Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Old miserable people at an old miserable birthday party wins the all time tournament. You declare your winner now.

mrs.5000 said...

You know, it was actually my 49th state, since we landed in Louisiana and played mini golf in Mississippi...I want to consider the Ave Maria Grotto as a visual arts experience, though it's no Birmingham Museum of art...

Michael5000 said...

Dr. Ken: Maybe they're just not into Alabama.

Mrs.: Corrected! I used Louisiana as a template, and missed that change. I'm not going to give myself full admiration credit for the Ave Maria Garden; it's just a little too... individual.

DrSchnell said...

You got that close to Enterprise and you didn't take a detour to see the boll weevil statue?

Michael5000 said...

Oh, you know, I don't always like doing the touristy things...