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Saturday, February 20, 2010

American Craft Museum

After visiting the National Geographic Museum to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, we stopped at the American Craft Museum's Renwick Gallery in what is called the "Golden Triangle" area of Washington DC. It's a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to American craft and decorative arts from the 19th to the 21st centuries, named for the architect James Renwick, who designed the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall. Built of ornate brick and sandstone in the French Second Empire style it was commissioned by William Wilson Corcoran, a prosperous Washington banker in 1858, fashioned after the Tuileries addition to the Louvre.

Game Fish by Larry Fuente. Mixed media

The inscription on the outside of the building reads "Dedicated to Art" (we dedicate this photo to our friend Art Holeman!)

Beth Lipman's glass sculpture Bancketje (Banquet) with 400 blown and lampworked glass objects.

Wood inlay detail on table - every piece of fur is a different piece of wood - amazing craftsmanship!

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