The American Visionary Art Museum
features Outsider art, which is described as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative art itself.” The permanent collections and temporary exhibitions are a mecca for forward-looking artistic innovators, optimists, dreamers and doers. A docent-led tour of the AVAM will include time to explore the collections (or the unusual gift shop.) Browse the permanent collections, or view the current exhibition Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!
– a playful look at the impact of technology as seen through the eyes of 40+ visionary artists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors. Lunch will be on your own in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood, which has many quirky restaurants and stores including Atomic Books, where filmmaker John Waters picks up his mail. (His film Pecker
was set and filmed in this area.) A list of restaurants and notable neighborhood finds will be distributed.
From there part of the group will visit the Baltimore Museum of Art
and part of the group will visit the Walters Art Museum
. Please note: you will be asked to specify which museum you wish to visit on the registration form.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home of the Cone Collection of Modern Art which consists of works by Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, as well as a variety of textiles, jewelry, furniture, and African, Asian, and Near Eastern art. Participants will receive a docent-led tour of the library, archives, and paper conservation lab, as well as current exhibitions which include German Expressionism: A Revolutionary Spirit
, Black Box: Camille Henrot
, Front Room: Sterling Ruby
, and On Paper: Figure Drawings from the Benesch Collection
. Participants will have time at the end of the day to view the Cone Collection, the Sculpture Gardens, or to visit the gift shop.
The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed by William and Henry Walters and bequeathed to the City of Baltimore in 1931. The permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art, and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. This tour will focus on book-related aspects of the collection with a curator-led tour of the current exhibition Bookbindings from the Gilded Age, a behind-the scenes look at the museum’s art research library and archives, and a visit inside the vault that houses 925 medieval illuminated manuscripts, 1,200 incunabula, and significant holdings of rare books printed after 1500. Free time will be left to explore the galleries at the conclusion of the tour. Maximum Participants:
All participants will be walking or standing for the duration of the tour. There are stairs, ramps, and elevators, and limited seating in galleries.Transportation:
Transportation is by bus. Loading and unloading takes place at the hotel’s 10th Street NW entrance, on 10th Street NW between H Street NW and G Street NW. The bus for this tour will leave at 8:45am. Please meet the tour shepherd near the 10th street hotel entrance 15 minutes prior to departure.