The Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian's wing dedicated to American Arts and Crafts, recently completed a major makeover. After a two-year renovation, the Renwick re-opened its doors with an epic week of parties. And what does every throw-down, black tie, wonder-themed party need? A surprise aerial act, of course!
At the first of three parties, Terry and I (Susie) convincingly played the role of guests. We wore black tie outfits. We ate a multi-course meal. I slapped the museum curator when he told me Ruth Bader Ginsberg was there. (I have since apologized.) Terry tried to make a toast.
Except just as Terry had everyone's attention . . . . a rope fell magically from the sky. Throwing his glass down and his shoes off, Terry climbed the rope and performed his much loved "Paper Planes" act. The people cheered. Much wonder was felt by all.
The next night we did it again. And the following night too.
The exhibit, titled "Wonder," transforms the entire museum into an immersive artwork. Nine contemporary artists were each given a gallery to do whatever they pleased with. The resulting installations were beautiful, bizarre, elegant and surprising.
My favorite was Jennifer Angus', admittedly this may be because it matched my outfit.
We had SO MUCH FUN. We wore fancy outfits, we met artists and art lovers, we got people super excited about contemporary circus. And we got to roam through the debut exhibit over and over again.
Many many thanks to Nicholas Bell, Betsy Broun and the entire staff at the Renwick. It was a delight to be included in such wonderful events and to work with such lovely and capable people!