Skip to main content
Home

MAP IT

mapit icon close icon

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World



Showcasing the Dynamic Landscape of American Craft Today

Daily, Now - Apr 02, 2023. Hours: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.


On view at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery, This Present Moment activates two floors of gallery space, highlighting 171 artworks from SAAM’s extensive holdings of modern and contemporary craft, in a range of craft mediums from fiber and ceramics to glass and mixed media. These objects deepen the history of the studio craft movement while also introducing contemporary artworks that push the boundaries of what we interpret the handmade to be in the twenty-first century. 


This Present Moment marks the fiftieth anniversary of SAAM’s Renwick Gallery as the nation’s premier museum dedicated to American craft. An anniversary acquisition campaign, begun in 2020, focused on artworks made by a broadly representative and diverse group of American artists and increased the number of Black, Latinx, Asian American, LGBTQ+, Indigenous and women artists, among others, represented in the nation’s collection. This Present Moment features 135 of these objects, on display at the Renwick Gallery for the first time.

CONTACT

1700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

(202) 633-1000
Free

Nearby Favorites

washington dc

Waldorf Astoria Washington, DC

Only downtown Forbes 5-Star hotel, central to museums, dining, CityCen...

VIEW DETAILS

SPONSORED

washington dc

National Children's Museum

National Children's Museum

VIEW DETAILS

SPONSORED

washington dc

Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill

Stay only steps from top attractions on Capitol Hill

VIEW DETAILS

SPONSORED

Partner Content