Read more about AVAM's unforgettable past exhibitions, including our most recent: The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth, which explored the impact of story via visual narratives created by 30+ visionary artists, each expressive of some personal aspect of tale-telling.
Opens October 5, 2013 & runs thru August 31, 2014
AVAM's newest exhibition takes on its most complex subject yet: examining the rapid and ever-increasing impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, genetics, 3D printing and Big Data on nearly every aspect of human life. This thought-provoking exhibit investigates technology's influence on issues of privacy and surveillance, employment and manufacturing, longevity and health, defense and warfare, farming and food, access to global and personal information, creative invention, and entertainment. This is high stakes, new territory never before negotiated by any prior civilization. Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, well-defined the unprecedented nature of our times: "Singularity is the point at which all the change in the last million years will be superseded by the change in the next five minutes."
AVAM welcomes visitors of all ages into a communal look forward to where much of the Sci-Fi imaginings of the past are now swiftly becoming commonplace reality. Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! is a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor, caution and hope.MORE
More Sights to Behold!
- FRANK BRUNO: A Life Devoted to
Extended thru February 2, 2014
Third Floor Gallery, Main Building
This summer, the American Visionary Art Museum presents FRANK BRUNO: A Life Devoted to THE END—a hot hellfire and damnation exhibition featuring 14 masterworks created over the last five decades by visionary true believer Frank Bruno, with mind-blowing attention to detail. An apocalyptic painter and fierce social critic, Frank Bruno's work and thinking have been fueled by his study of Messianic and end of the world books and preaching. "I see danger—awake! It's terrible, it's horrible, and it's almost here! This is why my spirit was sent to earth. This is the job God has given me. This is the job I must do, so my hands will be free of your blood." –Frank Bruno
- A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk
Installation now in progress! Opening July 2013 with ongoing installation throughout the summer.
A free, outdoor art celebration, in conjunction with Maryland's "Star Spangled 200" National Bicentennial, to be created upon the public pavement running alongside AVAM's historic Federal Hill location. A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk will depict our nation's beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience!
- Permanent Collection Gallery
Ongoing • First Floor Gallery, Main Building
AVAM's Permanent Collection Gallery features rotating selections from our permanent collection of over 4,000 visionary works from all over the world. Some favorites include: Lusitania by Wayne Kusy, 1994; Applewood Figure, Anonymous, 1950; and Untitled (Seven Panels) by James Franklin Snodgrass, c.1990-94.
- Brian Dowdall's "Baltimore Beasties" & Bob Benson's "Flatulence Post"
Ongoing • Basement Gallery, Main Building
NEW! "Baltimore Beasties" by visionary animal aura painter Brian Dowdall, with "The Flatulence Post" - a non odorous triumph of 'pull my finger' technology by "Shiny Happy Things" mirror artist extraordinaire, Bob Benson. Located together in AVAM's Basement Gallery, Zanvyl Krieger Main Building—ideal for family joy!
- Jim Rouse Visionary Center
AVAM's large sculpture environment features 2 floors of Visionary works like our famous Kinetic Sculpture vehicles, ArtCars, Cabaret Mechanical Theater, Painted Screens, DeVon Smith's Robot Family and more!
- Tall Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden
The Tall Sculpture Barn features a life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal angels and the 1300 square-feet of painted panels called The Seven Days of Creation by visionary William Thomas Thompson. Free to visit during museum hours.