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Villa's Universe by Margaret Munz-Losch
The Great Mystery Show
October 7, 2017 - September 2, 2018
1st and 3rd Floors, Main Building

From psychics to physicists, The Great Mystery Show artfully peels away the veil of the unknown! The exhibit playfully explores Mystery as that one secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred. Mysteries personal and universal, punctuated by the out-of-this-world testimony of astronauts, mystery writers, theoreticians, poets and psychics, aim to inspire the "sleuth for the truth" detective within each of us. No "alternative facts here"—just a wildly visual exaltation of the strangeness and wonder of Life itself."


Ramon Alejandro-Mècanisme  La mècanisme de la multiplication des dèsirs 2000
Yummm! The History, Fantasy and Future of Food
October 8, 2016 - September 3, 2017
1st and 3rd Floors, Main Building

Inside Yummm! 34 visionary artists join forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food. As George Bernard Shaw wryly observed, "There is no love more sincere than love of food."


MATT SESOW: Shock and Awe
May 27, 2016 - May 28, 2017
3rd Floor, Main Building

An all-new original art exhibition of Washington, D.C.-based self-taught artist Matt Sesow's "raw, visceral, good to the bone" paintings. Among the original 150 plus works on display, visitors will witness Sesow's salute to the first 100 American soldiers killed in the Iraq War, his fantastical depictions of animals and birds, personalized tributes to great humanitarians, his own autobiographical paintings, and an illustrated "Key" to the artist's repeated personal language icons.


Early Bird by Margaret Munz-Losch
The Big Hope Show
October 3, 2015 - September 4, 2016
2nd Floor, Main Building

The Big Hope Show opens on the eve of the American Visionary Art Museum's 20th anniversary celebration and is an original and unabashedly idealistic, art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope. Over twenty-five visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas, exhibit soulful creations reflecting their personal transcendence, and often, a heightened or newfound creativity and sense of humor.


The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster
October 4, 2014 – August 30, 2015

AVAM's 20th original exhibition champions life's grand "Aha!" and "Eureka!" moments, held in common by Earth's most dynamic and intuitive "evolutionaries:" inventors, scientists, America's founding fathers, dreamers and saints; each touched by some lightening bolt of greater understanding, insight, grace and muse.


Special exhibit of Heaven's Carousel by Tim Otto Roth
April 24 – May 2, 2015 • Outside in AVAM's JRVC plaza

In celebration of The Hubble Space Telescope's 25th Anniversary, a special light and sound installation created by German artist and composer Tim Otto Roth was installed in AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center plaza. The installation, titled Heaven's Carousel, links together the fields of art, music and astronomy. This special temporary exhibition ran from April 24 thru May 2, 2015, and was a public event in partnership with the Space Telescope Science Institute and The Hubble's 25th Anniversary public events.


Donald Pass: The Hope We Seek
February 28, 2014 – March 1, 2015

American Visionary Art Museum's celebration of the late British visionary artist's ethereal spirit paintings, inspired by his own life-changing glimpse into the afterworld. Donald Pass (1930–2010) was a well-known painter of lyrical abstract landscapes until the late 1960s when he experienced a series of spiritual visions of the Resurrection that radically and forever changed his view of reality, and subsequently, his artwork.


Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!
October 5, 2013 – August 31, 2014

This stirring show harnesses the enchanting visual delights of remarkable visionary artists and their masterworks. Among them: Kenny Irwin Jr.'s Robotmas; a selection of Alex Grey's Sacred Mirrors; O.L. Samuels' 7-ft tall Godzillai; Rigo 23's delicate anti-drone drawings; Allen Christian's life-sized Piano Family—a love song to string theory; Fred Carter's massive wooden carvings—created as a warning of destruction from industry's manipulation of nature; and much more!


Frank Bruno: A Life Devoted to
July 9, 2013 – February 2, 2014

A hot hellfire and damnation exhibition featuring 14 masterworks created over the last five decades by visionary true believer Frank Bruno, with mind-blowing attention to detail. An apocalyptic painter and fierce social critic, Frank Bruno's work and thinking have been fueled by his study of Messianic and end of the world books and preaching.


THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth
October 6, 2012 – September 1, 2013

From scripture to fairy tale, cartoons to cyberbullying, the raw power of stories to inspire and enchant, spread lies or to inform, simply has no equal. THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor & Truth is the American Visionary Art Museum's brand-new, supremely original exhibition featuring embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti, and PostSecret confession—promoting all manner of acute 'visual listening' and delight for the whole family.