AVAM's 19th original exhibition is a timely and playful examination of the serious impact of technology on our lives, as seen through the eyes of 40+ visionary artists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors. Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! is a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor, caution and hope.
- THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth
October 6, 2012 – September 1, 2013
From scripture to fairy tale, cartoons to cyberbullying, the raw power of stories to inspire and enchant, spread lies or to inform, simply has no equal. THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth is the American Visionary Art Museum's brand-new, supremely original exhibition featuring embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti, and PostSecret confession—promoting all manner of acute 'visual listening' and delight for the whole family.
- Gretchen Feldman: Love Letter to Earth (1934-2008)
April 2012 – June 2013
This luminous retrospective of 40+ vivid paintings exalt the exquisite, eternal themes of "Perfect Unions:" where land meets sea, day embraces night, sky kisses earth – opposites inherent to life's sacred cycle of union and touch. Among Feldman's bright, abstract works are vibrant, colorful landscapes and scenes depicting idyllic country life, contrasted with an artful examination of cancer cells which cut short the artist's most loving and happy life.
- ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma
October 7, 2011 – September 2, 2012
AVAM's 17th annual mega-exhibition is a celebration & call to awareness of the circular and voluptuous nature of life. Featuring the exuberant works of 70+ inspired, intuitive artists including: Scott Weaver's 100,000 toothpick wonder, Rolling Through The Bay; Adolf Wölfli's intricate mandala-like works; spherical sculptures of artists who are sight-impaired; the micro dot sock-thread embroideries of Ray Materson; & many more; ALL THINGS ROUND is a lively circle dance with its visitors of all ages at its center!
- 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."
- 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.
- 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."