City Smart: Washington, D.C.


After a two-year renovation, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopens on November 13 with WONDER, an immersive exhibition featuring nine contemporary artists who’ve turned the entire building into an artwork itself. Encounter installations made of unconventional materials like saplings, brightly colored insects, marbles, index cards and rubber tires. A swanky new carpet, designed for the Grand Stair by French architect Odile Decq in her signature red, harkens back to the Renwick’s roots. Fun fact: Renwick, the first purpose-built art museum in the U.S., was dubbed the “American Louvre” when it opened in 1874. Runs through July 10, 2016.

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