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American artist Leo Villareal designed this LED installation called "Volume" for the museum's opening exhibition. It hangs above the museum's Grand Stair.

American artist Leo Villareal designed this LED installation called "Volume" for the museum's opening exhibition. It hangs above the museum's Grand Stair.

The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery — the country’s first art museum — is reopening after a two-year, $30 million renovation. While visitors to the restored gallery may marvel at massive new exhibitions by artists Maya Lin, Tara Donovan and others, the backstory of this 150 year-old facility’s facelift is equally as eye-popping. From contractors’ discovery of Civil War-era relics, to architectural surprises and structural challenges that spurred innovation, the Renwick’s overhaul provides a technical and creative blueprint for museums considering similar changes in the future. We explore the new Renwick and hear the story behind its rejuvenation.

Guests

  • Betsy Broun Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
  • Eric Bottaro Project Manager for Renovation, Consigli Construction

Photos: A Look At The New Renwick Gallery

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