Past Exhibitions

Current Exhibition:

YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food

October 8, 2016 – September 3, 2017

AVAM's new visual feast YUMMM! features 34 visionary artists, joining forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food.

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Visionary News:

Experience Encantada

Encantada is the new restaurant located on AVAM's 3rd floor that features local Chesapeake cooking. Drawing on the importance of "roots," both creative and culinary, Encantada supports regional farms, ranches, and aqua-culture, thus nurturing the concept of sustainability. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit EncantadaBaltimore.com or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.

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What Makes Us Smile?
October 9, 2010 – September 4, 2011

A playful celebration of human joy that is co-curated by renowned creator of "The Simpsons," Matt Groening, artist Gary Panter – known for, among many other things, his whimsy behind Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse – and Museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger. What Makes Us Smile? features the costumes, cartoons, out-loud & 3-D glee-filled surprises created by 90 artists, imps, and comedians with accompanying essays, factoids, quotes and blurbs that revel in the history and science behind the gift of laughter."

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Out Of This World
March 2, 2010 – March 2, 2012

In celebration of the centenary of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein's birth, AVAM presents OUT OF THIS WORLD: a selection of paintings from The Von Bruenchenhein Collection.

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Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness
October 3, 2009 – September 5, 2010

"The quest for human rights and the search for personal fulfillment, as proposed in the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, provide the starting point for this international exhibition."

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The Marriage of Art, Science & Philosophy
October 4, 2008 – September 6, 2009

"This exhibition's 100+ visionary artists/scientists/inventors and philosophers take a fresh look at the very notion of light, color, sound, pattern, number, scale, and purpose in their personal pursuit of Wonder."

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All Faiths Beautiful
October 6, 2007 – August 31, 2008

"Be it deeply personal, a work in progress, a torment or a blessing - what we believe and especially what we don't is our most precious lifeshaping, human experience. Freedom to express that personal belief is central to any notion of liberty."

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Home & Beast
Home & Beast
October 7, 2006 – September 2, 2007

"Tutto il mondo é paese," proclaim the Italians - "All the world is one small hometown," and the well-being of ALL of its inhabitants is intimately entwined."

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Race, Class, Gender ≠ Character
October 1, 2005 – September 3, 2006

"Throughout history, visionaries have dreamed of a world where their characters are not judged, their creative potential is not limited, or their livelihoods are not proscribed by factors of race, gender, or economic circumstance."

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HolyH20
HolyH2O: Fluid Universe
October 2, 2004 – September 4, 2005

"The simple truth known to the brokenhearted, the mystic, and the physicist: what we think solid is not."

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Golden Blessings
Golden Blessings of Old Age & Out of the Mouths of Babes
October 4, 2003 – September 5, 2004

"In no other arena is the good news of aging more gleefully pronounced than in the many global manifestations of late-onset creativity generated by visionary artists aged 60, 70, 80, and far beyond."

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