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.
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.”
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.
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.