Photo of the Day: Joy


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:

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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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