“Photography Encouraged!” How often do you see a sign like THAT in a museum or art gallery? Hardly ever! But there it is, on display at the Renwick Gallery on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block west of the White House. They actually WANT us to take pictures! So let’s do it!
On November 13, 2015, Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery opened its doors again after two years of extensive renovation, bringing a whole new direction to the concept of craft art, with entirely new infrastructure and a magnificent futuristic art show called WONDER, with computerized LED lighting, a dramatic new carpet for the Grand Staircase, and featuring such artists as Maya Lin (designer of the Vietnam Memorial) Gabriel Dawe, and Leo Villareal.
The latest exhibit at the Renwick is called the Renwick Invitational, featuring 4 distinguished craft artists: Tanya Aguiniga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth,and Stephanie Syjuco.
Each exhibit is a photographer’s delight: soaring colors, unique shapes, 19th century hoop skirts, miniature skulls, giant folding mushrooms, a pile of stacked chairs, and an LED display similar to that great moving walkway tunnel of LED lights that links the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art.
Here are samples of what you will capture on this safari
Join architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria as he leads you through the exhibits, helping you use ALL the features of your camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of this artwork. If your camera allows you to adjust color temperature on a Kelvin scale, Mr. Luria will show you how to do that too. You will be able to bring home images that are good enough to print and mount on the walls of your own home.
Any camera or smartphone will do, but for best results we suggest a camera with adjustable F stops and shutter speeds and a manual mode, and adjustable white balance and ISO settings. We highly recommend a “fast” lens like a 50mm F1.4 or F1.8, or a 35 mm F1.8 to achieve faster speed