Pioneering artist June Schwarcz (1918-2015) redefined the art of enameling, experimenting with materials, defying tradition, and quietly breaking all the rules. Her technical innovations combined with her inventive and unorthodox designs set new standards for her field, establishing her as a leading voice in American art who influenced a new generation of artists. June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation presents artworks spanning the entirety of the artist’s career.
A new installation of artworks from the Renwick’s permanent collection opens seven months after the building reopens, on July 1, 2016. Curated by by Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, it highlights new acquisitions, updating the presentation of crafts and decorative arts for the 21st century.
Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter Voulkos, from 1953–1968. While trained as a traditional potter, Voulkos' radical methods and ideas during this period opened up the possibilities for ceramics in ways that are still being felt today.