Since March 30th of this year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery has hosted No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. The unique exhibit evokes the spirit of the popular countercultural arts and free-living event that takes place in Nevada each summer.
The exhibit is live from now through January 21, 2019. It’s located at the Renwick Gallery at Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. You can visit anytime of day between 10am-5pm for a donation of your choosing.
For those who aren’t familiar, Burning Man is a festival that pops up in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every summer. Drawing an annual crowd of 70,000+ people, this temporary city thrives on the free trade of goods, food and artwork in lieu of money. The result is a fascinating gallery of DIY creativity.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man is the first exhibit of its kind, bringing a deep catalogue of work from the gathering to Washington, DC for the first time ever. The massive collection of walk-through installations, costumes, jewelry and photography takes over the entire Renwick Gallery in a fascinating display.
The names of the creators behind the work in the exhibit range from burner-celebrities to gallery darlings, and street art legends. There are works by Android Jones, David Best, the FoldHaus Art Collective, HYBYCOZO, and Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson on display here.
Since its opening, the City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man has welcomed rave reviews. One of its organizers, Norah Atkinson—the American Art Museum’s Curator of Craft—worked hand-in-hand with the Burning Man Project to put everything together.
Her endorsement is the most inspiring, and it reads on the exhibit web page, “No Spectators is a long-standing saying on Playa [the Burning Man land]. You are encouraged to fully participate. It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing. Two of the ten principles of Burning Man are radical participation and radical inclusivity, meaning there are no outsiders. Everyone is apart of the experience.”
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