The American Visionary Arts museum defines visionary artists as self-taught individuals without formal art training who express their "innate personal vision" through their work, and presents one exhibit at a time, each based around a theme. In addition to its 6 galleries, the museum also boasts The Tall Sculpture Barn, The Giant Whirligig and Sculpture Plaza, and The Wildflower Garden. The Joy America Cafe adjoins the museum.
Exhibition exploring the global phenomena of laughter, humor, and smiling. Curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, AVAM founder Rebecca Hoffberger, and artist Gary Panter.
AVAM has a lot of unique art in this exhibit, but let's not kid ourselves. The real appeal is the whoopee-cushion bench, which provides unlimited farts. If you insist upon some "sophisticated" art for your money, that's possible too. What Makes Us Smile?, co-curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, does not just make you happy, but forces you to ponder what makes you happy and why. AVAM has a wall full of comics, political statements, eerie circus sculptures, and provocative paintings galore. Visit the photo booth on the third floor to add your smile to the mix. (Rebecca Guterman)
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