A Temple to Intuition and Art: The American Visionary Art Museum (Museums in Strange Places S02 E01)

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, is monument to outsider art, the creative spirit, and the search for truth. Step inside this glittering temple to intuition and inspiration to experience the museum’s marvelous “shows,” each of which comes from the singular mind of the museum’s founder and envisioner, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger. 

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The featured songs in this episode are by The Preschoolers from the compilation album Towson-Glen Arm FreakOuts 1992-1999.

The reading of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies is by KiteTales & Flex

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Thanks to this episode’s sponsor!

This episode is sponsored by The Lyndhurst Group. The Lyndhurst Group is a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction.

 

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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, a museum consultant specializing in podcasting for museums, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.

In this season of the podcast, I’m visiting the museums of Maryland to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape this state’s unique cultural identity.

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Photos of the Museum

Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, photo via The New York Times

Exterior of the museum

Museum exterior

Outdoor label for the museum’s exterior mosaics.

Entrance to the museum

Museum exterior

outdoor sculpture garden

outdoor sculpture garden

Entrance to the museum

A spinning Icarus in the museum’s main hall/stairwell

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

Ingo Swann painting from the permanent collection

From the show, The Great Mystery Show, bio/description in the next image

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show, a chandelier in the shape of the DMT molecule.

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show, voodoo deities made of beads.

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

From the show, The Great Mystery Show

A spinning Icarus in the museum’s main hall/stairwell

A painting by Ingo Swann in the permanent collection

The museum gift shop

The museum gift shop

The museum gift shop

Exterior of the museum

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From the current show, Parenting: An Art Without a Manual

From the current show, Parenting: An Art Without a Manual

From the current show, Parenting: An Art Without a Manual

From the current show, Parenting: An Art Without a Manual

Permanent collection

A statue of famous drag queen Divine in the permanent collection

Kinetic sculptures in the permanent collection

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