Arts and Theatre

Renwick Gallery Reopens Nov. 13 Following Major Renovation

The Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, will open to the public Friday, Nov. 13, following a comprehensive two-year renovation.
The museum will have a refreshed interior aesthetic, restored and newly visible historic features and infrastructural upgrades that preserve the unique historic character of the National Historic Landmark building while updating it for the 21st century.

The opening exhibition, “WONDER,” features site-specific, gallery-sized installations by nine major contemporary artists, including Maya Lin, Leo Villareal and Janet Echelman. These larger-than-life installations feature surprising materials worked in transformative ways–looming spires constructed from hundreds of thousands of index cards, intricately patterned “wallpaper” made of brightly colored insects and a massive hemlock tree recreated in countless tiny wooden blocks are among the works that explore the future of craft and transform the Renwick itself into an immersive work of art.
Photo: “Middle Fork,”John Grade, 2015

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