WONDER

Thumbnail
Author
Nicholas R. Bell, with an introduction by Lawrence Weschler
Co-Publisher
Copublished with D Giles Ltd.
Year Published
2015
Pages
221 pp.: Ill.
ISBN Hardcover
978-1-907804-83-0
ISBN Softcover
978-0-937311-81-3
Description

WONDER celebrates the renovation and reopening of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery with an immersive web of magic. Nine major contemporary artists, including Maya Lin, Tara Donovan, Leo Villareal, Patrick Dougherty, and Janet Echelman, were invited to take over the Renwick’s galleries, transforming the entire museum into a mind-expanding cabinet of wonders. Mundane materials such as index cards, marbles, sticks, and thread are conjured into strange new worlds that demonstrate the qualities uniting these artists: a sensitivity to site and the ways we experience place, a passion for making and materiality, and a desire to provoke awe.

A wide-ranging essay by Nicholas R. Bell connects these artworks to wonder’s role throughout Western culture, to the question of how museums have evolved as places to encounter wondrous things, and to the symbolic weight of the moment as this building is “dedicated to art” for the third instance in three centuries.

Buy Online or write to PubOrd@si.edu Softcover, $39.95

 

More Books

We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection

Publisher
Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with Princeton University Press
We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection traces the rise of self-taught artists in the twentieth century and examines how, despite wide-ranging societal, racial, and gender-based obstacles, their creativity and bold self-definition became major forces in American art. The exhibition features recent gifts to the museum from two generations of collectors, Margaret Z. Robson and her son Douglas O. Robson.

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World

Publisher
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, in association with D Giles Limited, London
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World  showcases American craft like never before. Accompanying a 2022 exhibition of the same name, it features artists’ stories of resilience, methods of activism, and highlights craft’s ability to spark essential conversations about race, gender, and representation

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

Publisher
Publisher: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, in association with Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford
A groundbreaking look at how Chicano graphic artists and their collaborators have used their art to imagine and sustain identities and political viewpoints during the past half century.