If you haven’t already heard all the buzz about the re-opening of the Renwick Gallery (1661 Penn. Ave., NW) and its current exhibit, Wonder, now is the time to check it out for yourself. Rooms of large-scale, fantastical installations will inspire awe, and, of course, wonder, at what the simplest of materials (eg. thread, marbles, insects) can become in the hands of an artist.
For the history buffs, did you know that at the time the Renwick Gallery was built, it was the first building to ever be designed and built for the express purpose of being a museum in the US? Also, it was originally built to house the art collection of William Wilson Corcoran and was designed by noted architect James Renwick (of Smithsonian Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC). It became part of the Smithsonian in the late 60s.
Wonder begins closing in May.