AVAM's 20th original exhibition champions life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments, held in common by Earth's most dynamic and intuitive "evolutionaries:" inventors, scientists, America's founding fathers, dreamers and saints; each touched by some lightening bolt of greater understanding, insight, grace and muse.
Opens October 4, 2014!
Preview Party: Thursday, October 2, 7-10pm • $20, Members Free!
AVAM's forthcoming original exhibition (our 20th!) champions life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments, held in common by Earth's most dynamic and intuitive "evolutionaries:" inventors, scientists, America's founding fathers, dreamers and saints; each touched by some lightening bolt of greater understanding, insight, grace and muse. Co-curated by acclaimed filmmaker and book publisher Jodi Wille (The Source Family, 2012), and AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this exhibition's highlights include: a spirited centennial celebration of America's most prolific self-tutored and "on fire" artist, Rev. Howard Finster; the giant otherworldly paintings of remote viewer Ingo Swann; a rare peek into the spiritual life of famed musician Jimi Hendrix; the cosmic works of polymath Walter Russell; the religious experience of sci-fi icon Philip K. Dick as drawn by Robert Crumb; an exploration of inventive new spiritual groups and their leaders: Uriel of Unarius Academy of Science, and Father Yod and The Source Family; and the wildly expansive drawings and bronze wind-bells for future ecology-based cities of Italian architect Paolo Soleri. The Visionary Experience will guide viewers down a path ancient and modern, futuristic and primitive, where the touch of grace, the whisper of the muse, and the still small voice beckon, offering the traveler transportive visions: personal, cultural, and cosmic.MORE PREVIEW PARTY
More Sights to Behold!
- Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek
February 28, 2014–February 22, 2015
Third Floor Gallery, Main Building
American Visionary Art Museum's celebration of the late British visionary artist's ethereal spirit paintings, inspired by his own life-changing glimpse into the afterworld. Donald Pass (1930–2010) was a well-known painter of lyrical abstract landscapes until the late 1960s when he experienced a series of spiritual visions of the Resurrection that radically and forever changed his view of reality, and subsequently, his artwork.
- A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk
Ongoing • Outside on AVAM's sidewalks
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 Galleries
Ongoing • 1st & 2nd Floors, Main Building
AVAM's permanent collection galleries feature rotating selections from the museum's permanent collection of over 4,000 visionary works from all over the world. Featuring artists like: Deborah Berger, Loring Cornish, Paul Darmafall "The Baltimore Glassman," Rev. Howard Finster, Ted Gordon, Grace Bashara Greene, Gerald Hawkes, Mr. Imagination, James Harold Jennings, and many more!
- Jim Rouse Visionary Center
3 floors to explore of visionary wonders and fan favorites, like: The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Painted Screens, Fifi & friends from the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Leonard Knight's LOVE Balloon, Andrew Logan's Divine, DeVon Smith's World's First Robot Family and more! 2nd floor features a special exhibit on social visionary Jim Rouse, and our Thou Art Creative Classroom and Visionary Conference Room. 3rd floor: catch an amazing view of our wonderland campus from David Hess' Bird's Nest Balcony.
- 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. Wildflower Sculpture Garden features Ben Wilson's wooden Meditation Chapel; Critters by Clyde Jones; Ted Ludwiczak's Stone Fountain Heads; and more! Free to visit during museum hours.