Thursday, June 17, 2010
The American Visionary Art Museum - Baltimore
"Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself"
When we visited there about a year ago, I kind of saw it as the OCD museum because so much of the artwork was made up of teeny tiny things like matchsticks or buttons - things that you'd kind of have to be OCD to have the patience to deal with. However, all of it is really, really cool. Everything is interesting or beautiful or fascinating. There are also lots of amazing interactive things. You can go there with a kid or not - all ages will appreciate it. The staff is really nice and informative and though it's not cheap, it's not the most expensive museum I've been to and it's free on Martin Luther King Day - you gotta love that. Located in historic downtown Baltimore, it's a fantastic experience overall, including the gift shop, which is awash in little interesting, wonderful things, all very inexpensive.
Evaluation: Extraordinarily sincere!