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Human Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!

Closing August 31, 2014

It's your last chance to experience AVAM's 19th original show, hailed by Art & Antiques Magazine as "one of the most thought-provoking museum exhibitions mounted recently." This stirring exhibit harnesses the enchanting visual delights of remarkable visionaries and cutting-edge futurists, including Kenny Irwin Jr., Rigo 23, Lindsey Bessanson, Fred Carter, Allen Christian, Alex Grey, Ray Kurzweil, O.L. Samuels, and many more. It's a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor, caution and hope!

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Martin Ramirez

(1895–1963)

When Martin Ramirez came to America in 1925 it was to get work building railroads in Northern California but he did not remain in this profession for very long. While in America he wrote letters to his wife and four children in Mexico and drew pictures in the margins until he was hospitalized in the early '30s and diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was initially confined at Stockholm State Hospital, where he began to create his drawings, using whatever available bits of paper he could find, usually glued together with paste made of bread or potatoes and saliva. In 1948, he was transferred to DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn where he was to spend the remainder of his life. It was there that he met the Finish psychologist and artist, Tarmo Pasto. Dr. Pasto was taken by Ramirez's work and began to bring him materials and save his drawings. At one point Pasto even lived on the DeWitt grounds in order to observe Ramirez every day. In the early '50s, Dr. Pasto helped arrange four shows for Ramirez, primarily on college campuses, including Syracuse University. In 1955 he sent ten drawings to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum but never heard back from them. An intern found the drawings in the mid '90s and by 1997 they were officially accessioned.