Baltimore, Maryland: American Visionary Art Museum

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American Visionary Art Museum

Address:
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD
Directions:
I-95 south through the Ft. McHenry Tunnel (stay in the right hand lane through the tunnel). Immediately outside of the tunnel take exit 55 (Key Hwy). At the bottom of the ramp turn right at the light onto Key Hwy. The museum is 1.5 miles ahead, on the left, at a sharp left turn, at the corner of Key Hwy and Covington St.
Hours:
Tu-Su 10-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
410-244-1900
Admission:
Adults $16.
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American Visionary Art Museum.

American Visionary Art Museum

For those who don't want to leave the comforts of urban life to see the kind of art that crazy, loner farmers make in the outlands. Vollis Simpson Whirligig stands outside as a photo-op.

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The BraBall - American Visionary Art Museum

The BraBall, in honor of Breast Cancer survivors, is on exhibit at The American Visionary Art Museum in the new James Rouse Exhibit Hall. I was told that The BraBall was started by friends of a woman with breast cancer.

[P S Rice, 01/01/2006]

Emily Duffy's BraBall is on permanent display. It contains 18,085 bras, is five feet in diameter, and weighs more than 1,800 pounds.

Bumpo - Topsy the Elephant tribute.

Topsy the elephant - Bumpo

Kinetic Sculpture Race "Topsy's Reincarnation; Bumpo" Artist Gavin Heck piloted the elephant, rechristening her "Topsy's Reincarnation: Bumpo" to commemorate the memory of an elephant electrocuted in 1903 on Coney Island by Thomas Edison as part of a stunt to demonstrate the alleged danger of alternating current. Kinetic sculpture pioneer Hobart Brown, who came to Baltimore for the race, awarded Topsy the Spirit of the Glorious Founder, partly because a member of her pit crew provided him a white bow tie for which he had great need.

[Gavin Heck, 05/26/2005]

There's more about Topsy the Elephant in the Roadside Pet Cemetery.

Kinetic Sculptures to race 15 miles in Baltimore

An Announcement from the Baltimore, Maryland's American Visionary Art Museum: The sixth annual East Coast Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race rolls May 1, 2004 as human-powered works of art compete in a 15-mile race over land, sea, and mud.

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[04/28/2004] Complete News Story

Double-sized Divine - American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum at 800 Key Highway in Baltimore (right next to Federal Hill). These people collect and exhibit of many self-trained maniacal geniuses like you extol. You can see a double life-size revolving sculpture of Divine, anatomy chart figures kissing and much more.

[Phred, 11/09/1998]

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