Renwick Gallery Grand Reopening

Grand reopening Renwick Gallery, November 13, 2015

Grand reopening Renwick Gallery, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th is a lucky day for the Renwick Gallery. It has been closed for two years while undergoing major renovations. Today, the doors fling wide and the public, including myself get to experience the grand reopening.

With the theme of Wonder, the Renwick exhibits nine contemporary installation artists to renew its dedication to the future of art. Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grande, Maya Lin, and Leo Villareal.

Rarely do I walk through a museum and enjoy every single gallery. Curator Nicholas R. Bell hit the mark with the artists represented. Here are some highlights.

Tara Donovan's sculpture made of styrene index cards, meal. wood, paint, glue.

Tara Donovan’s sculpture made of styrene index cards, meal. wood, paint, glue.

Grand reopening Renwick Gallery 11/13/15

Gabriel Dawe uses embroidery thread, wood, hooks and steel to make architecturally scaled weavings

Gabriel Dawe uses embroidery thread, wood, hooks and steel to make architecturally scaled weavings

Willow saplings bend under Patrick Dougherty's hands to form nest-like habitats

Willow saplings bend under Patrick Dougherty’s hands to form nest-like habitats

Maya Lin uses marbles with a green-blue watery color to shape rivers, fields, canyons and mountains

Maya Lin uses marbles with a green-blue watery color to shape rivers, fields, canyons and mountains

Janet Echelman's massive net undulates from the ceiling

Janet Echelman’s massive net undulates from the ceiling

Chakaia Booker's installation of cut and slashed tires form moving walls throughout the gallery

Chakaia Booker’s installation of cut and slashed tires evoke a Gothic fortress throughout the gallery

Bugs, large and small form patterns on the walls of the room. Yes, they are real.

Jennifer Angus works with real bugs, large and small to form patterns on the walls of the room.

John Grande recreated a 160 year old Hemlock out of recycled cedar strips

John Grande recreated a 160 year old Hemlock out of recycled cedar strips

Leo Villareal's every changing light sculpture

Leo Villareal’s every changing light sculpture

The Renwick Gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.  – 5:30 p.m. It is located near the White House at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. You can find out more about the exhibits and view an architectural slide show of the renovation at this link: http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/

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