A WONDERful Reopening at the Renwick Gallery

Plexus by Gabriel Dawe

Plexus by Gabriel Dawe



The Renwick Gallery just reopened after being closed for two years as the building underwent major renovations. And to celebrate its return, the museum has gone big. Literally.

Shindig by Patrick Dougherty is like a room full of life-sized nests

Shindig by Patrick Dougherty is like a room full of giant nests

The debut exhibition, aptly named WONDER, features works by nine leading contemporary artists, each taking over an entire gallery to showcase larger-than-life art installations inspired by the Renwick. Home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art, the Gallery is known for its unique, bold works that “highlight how extraordinary handmade objects have shaped the American experience.”

Stalagmite-esque sculptures by Tara Donovan are constructed of index cards

Stalagmite-esque sculptures by Tara Donovan are constructed of index cards

WONDER captures that spirit and then some. The works aren’t just beautiful, they’re breathtaking. They’re also whimsical, intriguing, ethereal; all so different from each other, and powerful in their own ways. I could go on, but, really, you need to experience it for yourself. And be sure to bring the kids. They’ll love it just as much as you.

In the Midnight Garden by Jennifer Angus

In the Midnight Garden by Jennifer Angus

WONDER will be on view until May. The Renwick Gallery is located at Pennsylvania Avenue & 17th Street NW, right across from the White House. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Middle Fork by John Grade

Middle Fork by John Grade

In Anonymous Donor by Chakaia Booker the scent of rubber is as strong as the visuals

In Anonymous Donor by Chakaia Booker the scent of rubber is as strong as the visuals

Designs on the walls are made of dead bugs

Designs on the walls are made of dead bugs

Folding the Chesapeake by Maya Lin

Folding the Chesapeake by Maya Lin

Experiencing the wonder...

The look of wonder


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One Response to A WONDERful Reopening at the Renwick Gallery

  1. Elizabeth

    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for all of your information! I have a toddler. Do you think this exhibit would be well suited for him? I’m worried about him wanting to touch everything (of course.)

    Thanks!
    Elizabeth

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