David Best's Temple

March 30, 2018 – January 5, 2020

David Best, Temple, 2018. Photo by Ron Blunt.

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, Grand Salon Floor Plan

David Best’s Temple transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a glowing sanctuary, offering visitors a quiet place to reflect and pay tribute to lost loved ones. Originally part of the exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, this site-specific installation covers the walls with intricately carved raw wood panels that lead to an ornate altar. Wooden placards are provided for visitors to write a personal message and leave within the installation.