The Renwick Gallery is in Washington D.C and is a part of the American Art Museum. Their main collection is the decorative art and American craft from the period between 19th to the 21st century. The Renwick Gallery is located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the National Historic landmark building. This building is the original house of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. This building has another name which is the American Louvre and is just a block away from the White House. It is also the first art museum of Washington D.C. The completion of the building wasin 1874 and James Renwick Jr. was its designer. This had become the temporary military warehouse for the U.S. Military during the civil war. It became the headquarter office of General Montgomery in 1861.
Corcoran got back the building from the army in 1869 and thereafter the Corcoran Gallery of Art opened up for the public on 19th January 1874. After the opening, the building went through several phases of change over. Finally, it became home to the craft program of the American Art Museum in 1972. Renwick Gallery currently houses craft and decorative art and is a part of the American Art Museum. From the year 2013 until 2015 it was closed for renovation and the Renwick Gallery again opened its door on 13th November 2015. The daily operation hour for the gallery is 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and admission to the Renwick Gallery is free of charge. Since the Wonder Exhibition, the gallery has become very popular and the number of visitors has almost doubled up.
Exhibitions At Renwick Gallery
Temporary exhibits are always on the 1st floor of the gallery which changes two times in a year. The gallery exhibits art of high quality and not common objects. The Grand Salon which is on the 2nd Floor of the gallery has some of the famous arts in Washington. At the start of the gallery, the works of 51 American artists from 1840 till the 1930 era were hung which no longer exist. These were a total of 70 paintings which were of classical, sentimental, and landscape themes. The 40 under 40 Craft Futures was the featured exhibition of the Renwick Gallery in 2012. It encouraged the artist to exhibit their works in modern forms of wood, ceramic, glass, and fiber instead of the traditional medium.
The Wonder Exhibition
In 2015, the Renwick Gallery organized an exhibition called Wonder which became very popular on social media. Since then the museum has seen around 176,000 visitors. The main idea behind this was to invite artists to install works based on the Wonder theme according to the specification of the site. They were given a free hand to create and install works that they thought were the best. Renwick got a huge number of tags from the users of Instagram. The exhibition was held for almost eight months and attracted a huge number of 732,000 visitors during that period. It is one of the highest numbers of visitors any museum has witnessed for any single event.