Yesterday I visited the Renwick Gallery, whose current exhibition, Wonder, takes the form of room-sized installations throughout the entire museum. Each room features minimal wall text: directives that the art should not be touched but that photography is encouraged, a short statement about the artist and the work, and a quote about art and wonder.
One quote relates to the joy that art can bring:
The only reason for bringing together works of art in a public place is that…they produce in us a kind of exalted happiness. For a moment there is a clearing in the jungle: we pass on refreshed, with our capacity for life increased and with some memory of the sky.
-Kenneth Clark, 1954
The piece of art featured with this quote is Plexus A1 by Gabriel Dawe, pictured below: