Past Exhibitions

Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!

October 5, 2013 – August 31, 2014

Selected images from Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!


"From the dawn of civilization until 2003, humankind generated five exabytes of data. Now we produce five exabytes EVERY TWO days... and the pace is accelerating." –Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Google

The American Visionary Art Museum's 19th original thematic exhibition is a timely and playful examination of the serious impact of technology on our lives, as seen through the eyes of 40+ visionary artists, cutting edge futurists, and inventors. Pleasing to an audience of Nobel Prize winners and schoolchildren alike, this show asks, "Two billion personal computers later, post DNA-sequencing, are we on the road to becoming a better, healthier, happier, less warlike, human race?"

AVAM's newest exhibition takes on its most complex subject yet: examining the rapid and ever-increasing impact of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, genetics, 3D printing and Big Data on nearly every aspect of human life. This thought-provoking exhibit investigates technology's influence on issues of privacy and surveillance, employment and manufacturing, longevity and health, defense and warfare, farming and food, access to global and personal information, creative invention, and entertainment. This is high stakes, new territory never before negotiated by any prior civilization. Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, well-defined the unprecedented nature of our times: "Singularity is the point at which all the change in the last million years will be superseded by the change in the next five minutes."

Curated by AVAM founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, this stirring show harnesses the enchanting visual delights of remarkable visionary artists and their masterworks. Among them: Kenny Irwin Jr.'s Robotmas—a special installation from his Palm Springs Robo-Lights display, glowing inside of a central theater at the heart of this exhibition; a selection of Alex Grey's Sacred Mirrors; O.L. Samuels' 7-ft tall Godzilla—a creation first imagined in response to the devastating use of the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; 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!

AVAM welcomes visitors of all ages into a communal look forward to where much of the Sci-Fi imaginings of the past are now swiftly becoming commonplace reality. Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity! is a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor, caution and hope.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." –R. Buckminster Fuller

Exhibition Artists:

Chris Roberts-Antieau • Lindsey Bessanson • Fred Carter • Allen ChristianCandy Cummings • Rafel Duran •Rafel Duran • Roy Fender • Dalton M. Ghetti • Temple Grandin • Alex GreyNeil Harbisson • Julian Harr • Steve HellerKenny Irwin, Jr. • David KnoppAdam KurtzmanRay KurzweilPatty Kuzbida • Stephanie Lucas • Christopher Moses • Dean Millien • P.Nosa • PostSecret Artists • Barry Ptolemy • Rigo 23 • O.L. Samuels • Sean Samoheyl • Reverend Albert WagnerFrank Warren • Jodi Willie • Sally Willowbee • Jack Wright

Special Thanks to our:

Exhibition Ambassadors:

  • Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project.
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, UMBC President included in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."
  • Dr. Joseph N. Pelton, Space Telecommunications Pioneer, Professor, Author, Futurist & Founding Officer of The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
  • Thomas J. McCabe, Mathematician, Developer of Cyclomatic Complexity Metric.
  • Eric Siegel, Director and Chief Content Officer, New York Hall of Science.
  • Bert Vogelstein, M.D., Cancer geneticist, Winner, Breakthrough Prize in Life Science, 2013.

Exhibition Sponsors:

  • PLATINUM: Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
  • GOLD: Dobkin Family Foundation, The Philip & Harriet Klein Foundation, Inc., Max's Taphouse, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pakula, Urban Chic.
  • SILVER: Ann and Harvey Clapp, Jane Daniels, DLA Piper, John J. Leidy Foundation, Just Folk/Marcy Carsey & Susan Baerwald, Key Tech, Linehan Family Foundation, Thomas & Linda McCabe. The Alvin & Louise Myerberg Family Foundation, Arnold & Alison Richman, Sims Recycling Solutions, Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, Aegon Transamerica Foundation Baltimore.
  • BRONZE: Robert E. Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker, Mary Catherine Bunting, Richard & Rosalee C. Davison Foundation, Barbara and Louis Denrich, John Sondheim & Emily Greenberg, George & Betsy Hess/MIDABI Philanthropic Fund, Maryellyn Lynott, Two Boots Pizza.
  • Exhibition Supporters: Charles C. Baum Foundation, Mike & Patti Batza, Lois & Philip Macht Family Philanthropic Fund, Sayra & Neil Meyerhoff, Joan Develin Coley & Lee Rice, Eric Siegel & Family, Jan Weinberg.
  • Public Support: AVAM would like to thank the following public institutions for their generous annual operating support – Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, The Citizens of Baltimore County & the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, The Howard County Government & the Howard County Arts Council.


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