Art, like a large scoop of coleslaw, has been known to broaden anyone brave enough to consume it. Today's Groupon gets you a healthy serving of culture: for $7, you get admission to the American Visionary Art Museum (up to a $15.95 value), plus a 10% discount at the Sideshow gift shop. Children under six get in for free.
The Federal Hill museum boasts a collection of original work by self-taught artists who honed their craft while operating on the outskirts of the formal art world. With a permanent collection of thousands of powerful and often whimsical works, the museum also houses temporary exhibitions that explore in depth a particular artist or theme. View items such as a six-foot-tall violinist composed of matchsticks, or Fifi, a 14-foot-tall cotton-candyesque pink poodle on wheels. Current exhibits honor the vibrant and intricate works of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and the quest for basic human rights through art, across myriad cultures and moments in time.
The arresting art at the American Visionary Art Museum is spread over three historic buildings, including the 35,000-square-foot main building, which boasts a reflective mirrored mosaic exterior, a grandiose central interior stairway, and a hand-cast balustrade. The main building is connected to a tall sculpture barn and ex-whiskey distillery fully equipped with 45-foot ceilings for large-scale projects, bordering a wildflower garden (complete with meditation chapel) and an outdoor sculpture plaza which houses the a 55-foot whirligig. Your Groupon also includes 10% off merchandise purchased in the museum's Sideshow gift shop, which features an ever-rotating collection of original artwork, jewelry, toys, and more.
American Visionary Art Museum
The American Visionary Art Museum devotes its space to original work by self-taught artists who honed their craft—often unintentionally—while operating on the outskirts of the formal art world. As temporary exhibitions explore a particular artist or theme in depth, the permanent collection displays thousands of powerful and often whimsical items, such as Andrew Logan's mirror-winged Black Icarus, the haunting Applewood Figure, or the World's First Family of Robots by DeVon Smith. The museum spreads its arresting pieces throughout three historical buildings, including the expansive main building, which boasts a reflective mirrored-mosaic exterior and neighbors the Tall Sculpture Barn, an ex-whiskey warehouse fully equipped with 45-foot ceilings for large-scale projects. A wildflower garden—complete with meditation chapel—and a sculpture plaza featuring a 55-foot whirligig beckon visitors to the museum's outdoor space, where envious clouds shape themselves into crude versions of Pietà. Completing any trip, the museum's Sideshow gift shop stuffs shopping bags with an ever-rotating collection of eclectic artwork, jewelry, toys, and more.
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