After two years of renovations, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery has finally opened with its debut show WONDER. And it delivers. Each room within the two-story gallery was given over to an artist to explore the subject through installation—Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin, and Leo Villareal. While each artist based their installations off a single material—thread, tires, twigs, net, marbles, or bugs, to name a few—walking from one room to the next is quite a unique experience.
Always a sucker for color, my personal favorite was Gabriel Dawe’s installation with colored thread. Walking through the installation while gazing in different directions leaves you feeling like you’re surrounded by a surreal rainbow mist. I could not get enough of this one—it was truly memorizing and each and every room was not to be missed. Anyone lucky enough to be in the DC area now through May 8, 2016 should plan a detour to the Renwick. Read more about the gallery and exhibit here.