When: through February 3, 2013
By way of celebrating the Renwick's 40th anniversary, this exhibit celebrates 40 craft artists under the age of 40; it is a look at the future of craft. The commentary on the exhibit indicates that the theme of the artists is using craft to make a better world. I'm not sure I picked up that idea from every piece I saw, but I really enjoyed this show, so I'm not going to quibble.
In the first room is an item I can only describe as looking like the love child of a space pod and an upholstered chair. It's called "Mementos of a Doomed Construct"; the artist is Stephanie Liner. I found the piece a bit startling; I walked up to it and found there was a mannequin inside, which I was not expecting. There's also a picture on the wall, placed so that you can see it through the window in the "pod." It seems as if, all of a sudden, you're surrounded by people.
Other pieces I enjoyed were:
- "Impressions" by Sebastian Martorana - it looks like a pillow, but is made of marble
- "E-Waste Project" by Christy Oates - beautiful marquetry
- "Fibers and Civilization" by Sabrina Gschwandtner - quilts made from films about fiber de-accessioned from the Fashion Institute of Technology library
- "Knitting is for Pus****" by Olek - an entire room covered in knitted camouflage
Verdict: Well worth the trip over to the White House area. I always enjoy the shows at the Renwick, and will add this one to my list of fun exhibits. Plus, you can see the work progressing on the grandstands for the Inaugural parade on your trip.