Wonder

15 May 2016

Renwick Gallery

November 13, 2015 – July 10, 2016

The Renwick Gallery—the first building in the United States built expressly as an art museum—opened its doors after a major, two-year renovation. To celebrate, the entire museum has been transformed into an immersive artwork with the debut exhibition, WONDER.

Nine leading contemporary artists—Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin and Leo Villareal—have taken over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations have turned the building into a larger-than-life work of art.

WONDER opened Nov. 13 and will be on view for six months. The exhibition is organized by Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge.

While the nine artists featured in WONDER create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways. The works are expressions of process, labor, and materials that are grounded in our everyday world, but that combine to produce awe-inspiring results.

The second-floor galleries will close May 8, 2016, and the first-floor galleries will close July 10, 2016.

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