Exterior View, Renwick Gallery

Renwick Gallery

About the Museum


Interior View, Renwick Gallery
Interior View, Renwick Gallery
© Ron Blunt, Photo: Ron Blunt

Interior View, Renwick Gallery

Interior View, Renwick Gallery
Exterior View, Renwick Gallery
Photo: Ron Blunt

Exterior View, Renwick Gallery

Renwick Stairwell Carpet
Interior View, Renwick Gallery
© Ron Blunt, Photo: Ron Blunt

Interior View, Renwick Gallery

Interior View, Renwick Gallery

The Renwick Gallery houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary craft and decorative art. Ranging from glassware to embroidery, basketry to pottery, the museum’s collection spans a number of disciplines and aims to show the significant role craft plays in modern life. The Renwick was the first building "dedicated to art" in the United States and was originally the home of banker, collector and philanthropist William Wilson Corcoran. Once dubbed "the American Louvre", it was designed by architect James Renwick Jr, who also designed St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Photo: © Anita Affentrange

Collection Highlights


'Bureau of Bureaucracy,' c. 1993-1999.

Kim Schmahmann

'Bureau of Bureaucracy,' c. 1993-1999.
'The Birth of Eve,' 2013.

Judith Schaechter

'The Birth of Eve,' 2013.
‘Rocker,’ 1980.

Sam Maloof

‘Rocker,’ 1980.
‘Low Basket with Handle,’ 1999.

Mary Jackson

‘Low Basket with Handle,’ 1999.
‘Blanket Cylinder Series,’ 1984.

Dale Chihuly

‘Blanket Cylinder Series,’ 1984.
Renwick Gallery: Collection Highlights
'Bureau of Bureaucracy,' c. 1993-1999.
© 1993, Kim S. Schmahmann, Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of an anonymous donor

Kim Schmahmann

'Bureau of Bureaucracy,' c. 1993-1999.
'The Birth of Eve,' 2013.
© 2013, Judith Schaechter, © 2013, Judith Schaechter

Judith Schaechter

'The Birth of Eve,' 2013.
‘Rocker,’ 1980.
© 1980, Sam Maloof

Sam Maloof

‘Rocker,’ 1980.
‘Low Basket with Handle,’ 1999.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of Marcia and Alan Docter

Mary Jackson

‘Low Basket with Handle,’ 1999.
‘Blanket Cylinder Series,’ 1984.
© 1984, Dale Chihuly, Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of Eleanor T and Samuel J Rosenfeld

Dale Chihuly

‘Blanket Cylinder Series,’ 1984.
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