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I went into Baltimore for the afternoon on Halloween. My last visit was two years ago - unbelievable! I met a couple of former colleagues for crab cakes, and they suggested I visit the American Visionary Art Museum. Wow. A number of words come to mind: jarring, shocking, provocative, kitschy, and above all, memorable. I can't say I liked it, but I'm glad I went.

a goregeous fall day at the Inner Harbor

the entrance to the museum

if you decide to buy the plastic flamingos in the gift shop, don't forget the legs

I would LOVE to attend a meeting in this conference room!

unfortunately I didn't get to see the dumpster itself

NYT: Rebecca's World
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On November 1st, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC), clynne commented:
Wow, the front is stunningly lovely!
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On November 1st, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's gorgeous inside too!
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On November 1st, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC), meredith_eats commented:
I'm going to Baltimore for a conference in a couple weeks. Other than the museum, do you have any recommendations?
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On November 1st, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Definitely the aquarium. Inner Harbour has a lot of restaurants, stores, and touristy type destinations.
On November 1st, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC), wendye replied:
I recommend the Edgar Allen Poe house/musuem. It's in the middle of a rather intimidating neighborhood though. I'm pretty sure it was just as rough when Poe lived there too!
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On November 1st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I love the visionary art museum! We went there a couple of years ago on one of our Baltimore visits.

Two visits ago, we hit the art museum, which was very enjoyable. At the time, they had some really fascinating installation pieces (I'm sure they're gone), and a really cool Olafur Eliasson piece (not sure if that one was permanent or not). Last summer, we took the kids to the children's museum, which was really fun. I also saw, but was too hot to explore, some cute shops in the historic Fells Point neighborhood.

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On November 1st, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC), dustydistaff commented:
What's their theme these days? (Last time I was there was a couple years ago, I think they were doing a war/peace theme.) Two of my sisters live in Baltimore and I love visiting out there.
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On November 1st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I remember one theme was something like "love and fun" which featured a lot of child-like art by adults. I was so blown away by how strange everything was that I didn't really pay attention!
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On November 6th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
AVAM and Baltimore
Hey! I really enjoyed seeing you and would love to hear more about your reactions to the museum. As I mentioned, I love it and always find it provocative. Hope all is well on your new job, stay in touch!
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