The Renwick Gallery: A DC Day Trip

John Grade, Middle Fork, 2015

John Grade, Middle Fork, 2015

I found myself in DC this past weekend, and since I don't get down there too much these days – I decided to make the most of my trip and squeeze in as much as I could. This meant scheduling a visit to the Renwick Gallery.

The Renwick has been closed for two years due to renovations, and it just reopened in November with a brand new exhibition. I've been seeing glimpses of it all over social media, and when I realized it was just two blocks from where I was having lunch – I knew we needed to make a pit stop.

There is no admission to the Renwick, and it's open seven days a week – from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Now let's get to the fun part: the Renwick is currently hosting it's opening exhibition – Wonder. Wonder presented nine artists with the opportunity to take over each of the galleries with site-specific installations. Travelling through the galleries is a really amazing experience – strangely calm and relaxing. My favorite piece was Janet Echelman's 1.8. 1.8 was a woven sculpture that corresponded to a map of the energy released across the Pacific Ocean during the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Janet Echelman, 1.8, 2015

Janet Echelman, 1.8, 2015

The best way to view 1.8 is to lay on one of the giant pillows provided, and look up at the ceiling - where it's installed. (This method illustrated above by Brittany of the Charm Collectiv) The colors shift and change, reminiscent of the shift of the world's axis when the tsunami hit. It's eerily gorgeous and startlingly calm, considering the terrifying inspiration.

The Wonder exhibition is definitely one of a kind – and if you're in DC, there's no excuse you could possibly make not to check it out. It's a six month exhibition, so you've got until April to go check it out. If you need more convincing, check out #renwickgallery on instagram!