An exhibition of “weird works” selected by “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver will open at the American Visionary Art Museum this week.
The exhibit features three works: a still life of ties, a portrait of talk show host Wendy Williams eating a lamb chop, and a painting that Oliver describes as “rat erotica.”
AVAM is one of five museums in the country to host the nationwide tour, “Last Week Tonight’s Gallery for Cultural Enrichment.”
Last year, Oliver launched a contest to offer financial help to museums in need.
Selected museums host the exhibit, receive a $10,000 donation, and another $10,000 to give to a food bank in the museum’s region.
AVAM, which was selected in August of this year, designated Maryland Food Bank as the recipient of the $10,000 grant.
Maryland Food Bank has “long made an art out of sincerely and practically caring for people in need and and in crisis” AVAM Founder Rebecca Hoffberger said in a statement in August.
The four other winning museums are: the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, the William V. Banks Broadcast Museum & Media Center in Detroit, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn.
AVAM is the third stop on the tour.
“Last Week Tonight’s Gallery for Cultural Enrichment” will run at AVAM from Nov. 3-21.