To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s showcase of fine crafts, the museum is looking forward, not backward. “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” spotlights the work of 40 young craft artists. Their sometimes boundary-pushing interpretations of glass, fiber, ceramic, wood and other materials challenge the traditional process-oriented notion of the craft medium by incorporating performance, interactivity and politics.

On the show’s opening day at noon, curator Nicholas R. Bell will present a free lecture, which will be followed by an open house with exhibiting artists. On Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum will host a free family day, with hands-on craft projects inspired by work in the show.

Michael O’Sullivan

Through Feb. 3 at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Metro: Farragut West). 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-633-5285). Free.