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Join us for a conversation with Mary Savig, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft at the Renwick Gallery, the branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts. We’ll explore Esherick’s work in the context of the Renwick’s collection and exhibitions from the Gallery’s founding in 1972 to Savig’s current work preparing for a 50th anniversary exhibition in 2022. We’ll discuss inspirations and goals of the project, especially how visitors might slow down to contemplate this present moment and the making of place. 

Prior to joining the Renwick in 2020, Savig was the curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the upcoming Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the fall 2019 exhibition Ephemeral and Eternal: The Archives of Lenore Tawney as part of the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s exhibition series and catalog Lenore Tawney: Mirror of the Universe. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Maryland. 

Photo: Staircase, hyedua and oak, 192 x 84 in., 1969, Arthur Espenet Carpenter. Smithsonian American Art Museum; Gift of David L. Davies and Jack Weeden.


This is a free online event; advance reservations are required. Please register below to receive instructions on how to join us! If able, please consider a $5 donation to support our ongoing programs. Donate HERE.


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