Renwick’s New Wonder

The Renwick Gallery attracts crowds- and here’s why.

Vistors line up to visit the Renwick Gallery in D.C.

Vistors line up to visit the Renwick Gallery in D.C.

The Renwick Gallery’s new Wonder exhibit is continuing to attract tourists and locals alike as a popular DC attraction after reopening from two-year renovations. As a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick has received generous praise in the press and attention over social media for its unique and immersive pieces.


The gallery contains nine contemporary installments that express the exhibit’s theme of “Wonder” through different approaches. The abstract displays vary from a room decorated in arrangements of exotic insects to an illusory rainbow composed of  embroidery thread.


“I love how [the artists] use colors and lights. When it reflects off the art, it makes a really gorgeous scene,” said FCPS student Alex on the Echelman installation. “The art is really pretty, and it’s really interesting how [the Renwick] crafted it together… the rainbow with the string was really pretty and I like the illusion they had at the top.”


The gallery’s captivating visuals have many visitors posting pictures of their experiences onto social media. While this is great publicity, it also has adverse effects on potential visitors who feel the Renwick has become overrated.   


“So many people had it spoiled by seeing it on social media first.” said West Potomac senior Brian Cash. “If you had never seen this before, on social media or anything, you would see this and its actual wonder. People are looking at it a lot differently now that it’s been out, but the very first people to see this- too lucky.”


The installments on the second floor will be featured through May 8th, 2016, while pieces on the first floor will be exhibited through July 10th, 2016. After these dates, the gallery will return its permanent collection to display. The Renwick Gallery is open every day from 10 A.M.-5:30 P.M at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006.