Monthly Archives: July 2014

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

This is one of the most pleasurable museums I have visited. Our children loved it even before entering. We strolled to it in a drizzle on Federal Hill. As we turned a corner the afternoon light caught the mosaic on the outside and a gentle wind activated the kinetic sculpture outside. We were hooked! Down the hill we run! Mikka excitedly expounded on kinetic art, which he studied based on Alexander Calder’s art in his last semester, third grade at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. The toothbrush doormat at the entrance was another exciting piece. Mikka wished it had toothpaste too … a gooey entrance suitable for an imaginative 9 year old. Then the fun begun! But why should I tell you more? Just go! Visit this palace of invention!

On another tangent, I draw a parallel between this museum’s name: American Visionary Art Museum, and the Visionary Africa: Art at work itinerant exhibitions that toured cities in Africa from 2011 to 2012, from Cairo to Harare, Ouagadougou to Addis Ababa. The versatility and inventiveness exhibited in both the museum and the exhibitions is astounding. Wouldn’t it be interesting to initiate a conversation between these geographical boundaries? a conversation about unity in the midst of such diversity?

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