By Land and by Sea: Kinetic Sculpture Returns!

A time-honored Baltimore tradition, the Kinetic Sculpture Race is happening on May 5, 9:30am till 4:30pm. It is a sight to behold, sponsored by one of Baltimore’s unique institutions: the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), an institution dedicated to “outsider art.”

What the heck is kinetic sculpture? Good question. Simply put: it’s art that moves. And, for this particular Kinetic Sculpture Race, it’s art that moves all around downtown Baltimore and into the Inner Harbor – so, the artwork must be “amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race.” Where else can you see amphibious art, live and in-person! Here’s your chance.

Looking to do your homework before hand? Check out books we have about kinetic art and outsider art. And, feel free to investigate the resources on the Art History Research Guide to find articles and other material on the subject.

If none of this has enticed you into attending, this might do the trick. Fifi, the gigantic pink poodle, will be racing for sure – and she needs your support!!!

About Donald Juedes

Librarian for Art History, Classics, Film & Media Studies, and Near Eastern Studies

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