The Big Hope Show
Oct. 3, 2015 – Sep. 4, 2016
Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building
n.d. Watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper. Courtesy of Philip Binioris. Photo: Dan Meyers
2015. Plywood, paint and paper tape. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: Shawn Levin
2014. Glass, wood, healing stones, ashes. Courtesy of the artist.
2015. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
2015. Mixed media on wood. Courtesy of the artist.
1997. Oil on canvas. Gift of Deirdre Hammer.
About the Exhibition
"Opened on the eve of the American Visionary Art Museum's second decade, 'HOPE' was an unabashedly idealistic, art exhibition that championed the radiant and transformative power of hope. Over twenty-five visionary artists, among them many 'super survivors' of enormous personal trauma and challenge, exhibited soulful creations reflecting their individual path to transcendence, and often, a heightened or newfound creativity and greater sense of humor and peace. AVAM also looked at the absence of hope to better define its presence, by championing the lone police officer who worked the San Francisco Bay Bridge with infinite patience, talking down over 200 would-be jumpers to give life a second chance. Curator Hoffberger defined hope, 'For me, hope is the acknowledgement that you are in a narrow space but you have had a glimpse, some flutter, of the possibility to transcend negative confinement and arrive at some more expansive, better, state of being. Hope is not simply wishful thinking, but rather a capacity to hold to the belief that change for the better can and will come, even when you can’t imagine what specific form that change will take.'" - Reflection from Founder, Director, and Chief Curator, Rebecca Hoffberger
our generous sponsors
Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Jane W. Daniels, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Pakula
Marc & Leonor Blum, Brenda Brown Lipitz-Rever Foundation, Todd Wilson & Ted Delaplaine, Philip & Harriet Klein Foundation, Maryellyn Lynott, Thomas & Linda McCabe, Arnold & Alison Richman, Jim & Patty Rouse Charitable Foundation, Sylvan/Laureate Foundation.
Rheda Becker & Robert Meyerhoff, Emile Bendit, Mary Catherine Bunting, Suzanne Cohen, Joan Develin Coley & Lee Rice, Richard & Rosalee Davison, Barbara & Louis Denrich, JoAnn & Jack Fruchtman, Betsy & George Hess, Zanvyl & Isabella Krieger Fund, John Sondheim & Emily Greenberg, Lois & Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund, Ben & Esther Rosenbloom Foundation, Jan Weinberg
Exhibition Supporters: John & Berthe Ford
20th Anniversary Sponsor
UMBC, An Honors University in Maryland, commonvision - UMBC's Student Design and Animation Center, Dwayne Butcher and Laura Schraven.