The Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, will reopen in November with new or restored architectural features, infrastructure and a new exhibit. The museum, a National Historic Landmark, has been closed since late 2013 for renovations.
The Washington D.C. gallery, built in 1859, was the nation’s first purpose-built art museum. The original legislation states that the building is intended to “encourage American genius.”
A week of public programs has been planned to celebrate the reopening, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 13 and a family festival on Nov. 14. The opening exhibition, Wonder, will feature original gallery-sized installations by nine contemporary artists. Details will be available on the museum’s calendar, americanart.si.edu/calendar, this fall.
— MIAMI HERALD STAFF