Media Advisory – Photo Op Artists To Discuss Their Work at Opening Day Open House for This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” 


Open House to meet 11 artists with artworks featured in the exhibition “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World”


Friday, May 13 10:30 a.m.


Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.


Guillermo Bert, artist

Bisa Butler, artist

Thomas Loeser, artist

Lauren Mabry, artist

Jiha Moon, artist

Ché Rhodes, artist

Curt Theobald, artist

Einar and Jamex de la Torre, artists

Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, artist

Wanxin Zhang, artist

Meet and talk with artists featured in “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World,” an exhibition that examines the state of contemporary craft in America today. “This Present Moment” showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft with 171 artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s extensive holdings of modern and contemporary craft, including 135 recently acquired works made by a broadly representative and diverse group of American artists. These objects deepen the history of the studio craft movement while also introducing contemporary artworks that push the boundaries of what is considered to be handmade in the 21st century. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft.

“This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” is on view at the Renwick Gallery May 13 to April 2, 2023. Additional information about the exhibition is available in an online press kit.

Interested media should RSVP to Photographers and film crews are welcome. Requests for one-on-one interviews may be made in advance with Rebekah Mejorado by email at

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the flagship museum in the United States for American art and craft. It is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. The museum’s main building, located at Eighth and G streets N.W., is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum’s Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check online for current hours and admission information. Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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