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Thomas Loeser’s "With You in a Moment," comprised of found shovel handles on a base of honey locust.

Laura Andreson’s glazed-earthenware "Bowl."

"scoopbowl service" by Gwendolyn Yoppolo, made of porcelain with microcrystalline glaze.

Stephen Rolfe Powell’s blown-glass "Lascivious Torrid Cleavage."

Craft Now

An exhibit at the Renwick Gallery views the world through an artist’s lens

To honor its 50th anniversary as a center for American craft, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery examines the role and meaning of craft in the modern world with a dynamic new exhibit. On view from May 12 through April 2, 2023, “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” celebrates the ways in which artists spark essential conversations, methods of activism and stories of resilience through their work. The history of studio craft is honored while contemporary narratives acknowledge the overlooked contributions of women, people of color and other marginalized communities.


The exhibit will showcase nearly 150 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection on two floors of gallery space. Media ranging from fiber and ceramics to glass and metalwork will be on display; about 135 pieces are new acquisitions that have never been shown at the Renwick before. Featured artists include Nick Cave, Judith Schaechter, Preston Singletary, Roberto Lugo and many more; makers of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and creeds are part of the mix. Virtual and in-person talks and events accompanying the show include Handi-hour, a happy hour with crafting on May 19. americanart.si.edu



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