Join AEIVA for Free Community Events Celebrating Thornton Dial Exhibition – News


From a lunchtime talk to a screening of APT’s ‘monograph’ with newly discovered footage from Dial, ‘Chamber Music @ AEIVA’ and a spoken word evening, join AEIVA for free events this fall.

From a lunchtime talk to a screening of APT’s ‘monograph’ with newly discovered footage from Dial, ‘Chamber Music @ AEIVA’ and a spoken word evening, join AEIVA for free events this fall.Special events featuring legendary artist Thornton Dial Sr. are taking place on the University of Alabama Birmingham campus this fall, alongside Alabama’s largest-ever exhibit of his works.

“I, Too, Am Alabama” is presented by the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB and runs through December 10. The exhibition is curated by Paul Barrett and curated by Tina Ruggieri of AEIVA. It includes many of Dial’s works that have never been exhibited or published before, as well as a 360-degree video of his studio and documentary footage of the artist creating one of his iconic designs.

Free programming around the “I, Too, Am Alabama” exhibition will feature guest artists, community discussions and more. Visit or call 205-975-6436 for more information or updates. AEIVA, located at 1221 10th Ave. South, Birmingham, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry.

Wednesday, October 5: ArtPlay Lunch & Learn

On Wednesday, October 5, join ArtPlay at noon for an in-depth, first-hand discussion focused on how Thornton Dial’s art changed, both in method and style, after his stroke and how the lesions brain trauma affected another artist’s work and how these challenges influenced their creative practice. Featuring artists Richard Dial and Jakob Dwight, this event is inspired by AEIVA’s Thornton Dial exhibition “I, Too, Am Alabama”. The one-hour “Lunch & Learn” virtual event is free with registration. Register online.

Thursday, October 6: film, pizza and visit

For this movie, pizza and tour on Thursday, October 6, immerse yourself in the works of Dial at AEIVA, then catch a special screening of the “Monograph” episode of the Alabama Public Television series honoring Dial, one of Alabama’s most prolific vernacular artists. The screening is special thanks to newly unearthed Dial footage found by Alabama Public Television that has never been seen and is now reworked into the episode.

For this “Monograph” episode, host Jackie Clay spends time with Dial’s family and chats with Dial’s friend and fellow artist Lonnie Holley. Together they discuss Dial’s life, art and legacy.

The movie, pizza, and a tour are free and start at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a discussion moderated by Gareth Jones, host of “Sleep in Cinema” and director of the UAB Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Education. A Q&A session with the “Monograph” production team will follow the screening.

Thursday October 20: “Chamber music @ AEIVA”

In partnership with the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Music Department, AEIVA will present a carefully curated selection of music in conjunction with poetry readings by Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley Jones on Thursday, October 20. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. , with the concert at 6 p.m. The “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” performance is in response to works and themes from the “I, Too, Am Alabama” exhibition and curated by cellist and UAB Music Department adjunct professor Laura Usiskin.

Thursday, November 10: Spoken word

UAB students will write and perform poetry in response to the works and themes of AEIVA’s “I, Too, Am Alabama” exhibit, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10. This Spoken Word event is presented in partnership with the UAB College of English and Creative Writing Program in the Department of Arts and Sciences.


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