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Smithsonian’s crafts & decorative arts museum to reopen

The Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, will reopen in November after a two-year renovation program.
The Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, will reopen in November after a two-year renovation program. Smithsonian

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

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