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.

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About the Exhibition

The American Visionary Art Museum premieres its newest third floor gallery exhibition, “The Science & Mystery of Sleep,” featuring a plain-language compilation of all the latest sleep-related scientific research, alongside three spectacular, artist-made visionary bedrooms. The research punctuating this exhibition will be a foray into a multitude of topics: the impact of sleep on obesity and diabetes, sleep and adolescents, the influence of sleep on hormones and testicles, and the power of the Hypnagogic state championed by famed Harvard geneticist Dr. George Church.

our generous sponsors

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)

800 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230


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