The Science and Mystery of Sleep

The Science and Mystery of Sleep

Oct. 10, 2020 - Fall 2022
3rd floor gallery, Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building

Admission grants entry to the museum and all exhibitions except "A Visionary Spirit for Invention," which is not open to the public.

Jumping on Gramma Bed by Woodiei Long
Jumping on Gramma Bed by Woodiei Long

Acrylic on wood. Gift of Susan Yecies.

Cradle of Love by Jessie Cooper.
Cradle of Love by Jessie Cooper.

1992. Painted wood. Courtesy of John Ground.

Untitled (Blanket) by Deborah Berger
Untitled (Blanket) by Deborah Berger

Crocheted yarn. No date. Gift of the Art Council of New Orleans.

Installation of Bedroom by Noche Crist.
Installation of Bedroom by Noche Crist.

Photo: Eric Gerber.

Installation of Bedroom by Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan
Installation of Bedroom by Sam "The Dot Man" McMillan

Painted wood. Gift of Eleanor and Ron Gross. Photo: Eric Gerber.

Installation of Bedroom by Adrian Kellard
Installation of Bedroom by Adrian Kellard

Photo: Eric Gerber.

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About the Exhibition

Anchored by fantastical, handmade bedrooms created by three visionary artists as personal refuge, the American Visionary Art Museum explores the latest scientific research behind sleep as both force majeur to our total wellbeing and hypnagogic portal, enabling fresh revelations in science, art, and creative innovation of all sort.

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our generous sponsors

PLATINUM
The Lois & Irving Blum Foundation • Lew Diuguid • Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts • Revada Foundation (Dan & Gloria Logan) • Ben & Esther Rosenbloom Foundation, Inc. • United Therapeutics • Whiting-Turner Construction Company

GOLD
Amy Goldman Fowler & Cary Fowler • Arnold & Alison Richman Fund • Frank & Jan Warren

SILVER
Jane Daniels • Ted Delaplaine & Todd Wilson • Norman J. and Doris Fisher Foundation • Bill Gilmore & Ted Frankel • Sandra & Thomas Hess • Philip E. Klein & Harriet J. Klein Foundation Inc. • Patty & Greg Kuzbida • Tom & Linda McCabe • Karen Whaley & James Magner • Jean Wyman, LCSWC

TWINKLING STARS
Alphagraphics • Stuart Cooper & Rebecca Besson • Joanne & Jack Fruchtman • Shira Kramer • Ullmann Family Foundation (Jade Ullmann) • Jan Weinberg

STARDUST
Jill Feasley and Kurt Lawson • Trams Hollingsworth • Marla McIntosh • John Joseph Shields • Marjorie Spirer

PUBLIC SUPPORT
The Citizens of Baltimore County & the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences • Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts • The Howard County Government & the Howard County Arts Council • Maryland State Arts Council • Maryland State Department of Education • Governor Larry Hogan and the State of Maryland

Currently on view

The Secret Life of Earth
Oct. 5, 2019 – Sep. 5, 2021

The Secret Life of Earth

The Science and Mystery of Sleep
Oct. 10, 2020 - Fall 2022

The Science and Mystery of Sleep

Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family
Feb. 23, 2019 - Mar. 3, 2024

Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family

A Visionary Spirit for Invention
Nov. 23, 2020 - May 23, 2022

A Visionary Spirit for Invention