It’s hard to believe that we have been “parked” for a couple of days now and I haven’t written any posts. Seems I owe an update on what we did in Baltimore… and beyond.
Our last post on Thursday mentioned a visit to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Friday, after breakfast at Ann and David’s house, I packed the car, loaded Max in, and we headed downtown to the museum. I had an address programmed into the GPS and wouldn’t you know? Jack the GPS guy got us there with no problem, except it was the wrong address! We were off by 700 numbers! I had programmed 100 Key Highway, and it should have been 800 Key Highway.
Anyway, we got there and I left Max to guard Tumbleweed while I went to see the exhibit All Things Round: Galaxie, Eyeballs, and Karma.
Ann had given me a free pass, so once I got my hand stamped I got right to it. I’ve loved this museum ever since the first time I visited – probably eight years ago. Here’s a great synopsis of what the museum is all about – straight from their own mission statement on the website:
What is Visionary Art?
Like love, you know it when you see it. But here’s the longer definition, straight out of our Mission Statement: 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. In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as ‘art’ by its creator.
Take a peek at their website and you’ll have a good idea of what’s in store for you in person. Unfortunately (for me, at least) there was a huge crowd of high school students at the museum the morning we visited and it was so crowded that I didn’t get to fully appreciate my visit. I watched four Buddhist monks painting a gorgeous sand mandala in one of the upstairs galleries, and wandered through the rest of the exhibits without much enthusiasm. It’s the first time I haven’t thoroughly lost myself in the art there, and I am a little sad about that.
That said, there was much to see and I did find myself drawn to different pieces… herewith a couple of (illegally snapped) photos from my visit…
Don’t get me wrong – I did have a good time, just not the same experience as I had in the past. But, thinking of that fork in the road from the other day, I would do well to never expect the same experience from anything! Every day is different – even when we go to the same places or do the same things.
One of my favorite parts of the whole Visionary Art Museum is the gift shop! For a found object junkie it’s da bomb! Lots of cabinets with little drawers filled with odd things. Lots of just plain oddball, funky stuff that kids – and artists like me – would love. (And I do!)
So, after an hour in the museum, I spent another half hour rifling around in drawers, bins, and shelves. And I came out with a small bag filled with “treasures” like a bunch of metal jar caps, religious medals, and 100 small glass vials…
So then it was in the car and head south for High Point, NC and our friends Katy and Scott. Max was looking forward to seeing their two dogs, Loolie and Hershey. Along the way, we took a short detour into Lynchburg, VA, found the Riverwalk and headed off on foot and paw for a nice 2 mile walk. Once we had gone about 100 feet, I unleashed Max and he set off nosing his way along the path. Every now and then, he would stop and check to make sure I was still following. Good dog. Good dog.
Overall, we had a pleasant drive to High Point – arriving about 3:30 PM. The past two days have been pretty relaxing. Katy and Scott are good friends and good hosts. Saturday, we went to a marvelous Vietnamese place for sandwiches. While Scott picked up his new glasses, Katy and I went to the Weatherspoon Art Museum. One of the most striking exhibits was Infra, an exhibit of infrared photographs by Photographer Richard Mosse, who spent the last two years shooting a new series of work in the eastern Congo. The images are stunning – printed really large.
Monday morning, we head for Charleston overnight, then on to Beaufort, SC. And after that, it’s on to Key Largo – via a couple of stops.
- Art Review: ‘All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs And Karma’ At American Visionary Art Museum (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- (AVAM) One of the Best Museums ever 🙂 (museumtechnology.wordpress.com)
- American Vistionary Art Museum (museumtechnology.wordpress.com)