Wednesday, April 20, 2011

If I Could Do It Again...

If I could do it again, I would spend a lot of time at the American Visionary Art Museum.

(image of the museum via)

the outside of the museum is mosaic-ed in mirrors and tchotchkes

an example of the mosaic-ed tchotch

me at the museum entrance

Around this time last year, the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference was held in Baltimore and I visited the museum for the first time (but it won't be my last!). It was worth it!!! I wish that the staff had been more clear about the proximity of the museum because I only visited the first building (of like 3 or 4!) and even then, it took me a long, long time to take it all in.

the outside of the museum had a lot of sculpture, including this mirrored chandelier tree

this kinetic sculpture was at eye-level if you were at the museum restaurant

more sculptures in the museum's garden
The American Visionary Art Museum hosts a bunch of outsider art and folk art, including works by Thornton Dial and Leo Sewell, as well as work by artists from all over the globe. The museum hosts a kinetic sculpture race (yes, you read that right) every year. One of those sculptures is a giant pink poodle named Fifi, who is now a permanent resident at the museum.

(image of Fifi via)

me and the bus parked in front of the museum

on the bus hood

close ups of tchotchkes on the bus outside of the museum

Inside of the museum is a gift shop (Sideshow) and a restaurant (Mr. Rain's Funhouse). The gift shop is AMAZING with all kinds of tchotchkes from all over the world! I have never been inside of a store like this before. Ever! I didn't want to leave!
The restaurant is first rate, too, with excellent food and a patio that gets you up close and personal with the outdoor sculpture!

an amazing centerpiece at Mr. Rain's Funhouse

close up

sculpture on the patio of Mr. Rain's Funhouse

close up

Come to think of it, if I had to redo my wedding, I would have it at this museum. The exterior is completely mosaic-ed with mirrors and plastic tchotchkes. They even have a mirror bus with some squirrels on top of it in front of the entrance.

Here are some images I found on the internet from people who have had weddings or engagement shoots at the museum:

(via Studioana)

(via abritton)
[side note: the main building [pictured above] has a mosaic sculpture of Icarus falling from the third floor to a mosaic water sculpture [peeking out of the bottom left corner], all in the middle of a beautiful spiral staircase]


(found here)

This shot included a birds nest patio (seen below)

You can view more wedding/engagement shots here and here. Unfortunately, the official website for the museum looks flashy, but has little information about the artists whose works are included in the museum. I will have to get my notebook from home and post about these artists in the future! Keep your eyes peeled!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous21.4.11

    WOW-zer! I REALLY want to go there! What a beautiful place!

    Thanks for the inspiration! :)