Spring comes to life in an exhilarating group of installations at the Renwick Gallery.
1.8 (2015) by Janet Echelman.
The newly revamped Renwick Gallery packs a burst of color for spring with its current exhibition, “Wonder.” Inside the sprawling two-story space, nine unique, larger-than-life installations stake their claim in the gallery that was once the pet project of First Lady Jackie O. (According to the Renwick, she spearheaded the 1962 campaign to save the gallery as part of her plan to restore Lafayette Square.) Aptly evoking the sense of awe from which the exhibit takes its name, the installations alternate between explosions of color and monochromatic displays of ordinary objects in extraordinary forms, such as a 13-foot tower of index cards. After a two-year renovation, the gallery, part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is like you’ve never seen it—and it certainly proves that you don’t need to go outside to enjoy all the colors of the season. The second floor of “Wonder” closes on May 8, the first floor on July 10. Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th St. NW, 202-633-7970
BY RON BLUNT, RENWICK GALLERY OF THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, COURTESY CONDUIT GALLERY (PLEXUS A1);
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RON BLUNT, RENWICK GALLERY OF THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, COURTESY OF JANET ECHELMAN, INC. (1.8)