Finally, you can experience Burning Man outside the desert

The sculptures and crazy fashion of this epic festival are coming to Washington, D.C.

Apr 11, 2018
Burning Man experience arrives in Washington D.C.

“Shrumen Lumen” by the Foldhaus Collective is seen during a preview of the No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC on March 29, 2018.
The show brings artwork from the Nevada desert gathering to Washington for the first time. The exhibition runs from March 30, 2018 to January 21, 2019. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Paying thousands of dollars to go to the middle of the desert to look at old naked guys riding bikes isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But Burning Man, as commercial as it’s become, has a legacy for a reason. Since its introduction in the mid-80s, its attracted new-agers, ravers, culture burn out subgenius types and artists to become ‘burners’ for a week. And now, alas, you can experience a taste of it—without the sand. 

From now until January 21st, 2019, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., a branch of the Smithsonian, will be presenting “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.” Bringing the temporary Black Rock City to the nation’s capital, “No Spectators” will display Burning Man’s art, performance, jewelry, fashion and photography in honor of the spirit of the festival. All will be made by artists with a burner history, with pieces from Candy Chang, Aaron Taylor Kuffner and Scott Froschauer making their debuts. 

“The scale, the communal effort and the technical challenges inherent in creating works for the desert are part of what sets Burning Man apart from other art experiences,” said Smithsonian art director Stephanie Stebich in a press release. “It is an amazingly creative laboratory where innovators go to play and to push the boundaries of their craft. Displaying the art of Burning Man at the Renwick is the latest example of our focus on new directions in craft and making.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum to bring the world a slice of the creativity that was born in Black Rock City,” said Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell. “Through this ambitious exhibition, more people will have a chance to engage with Burning Man’s ethos, which has given rise to a thriving year-round culture spurred by a growing global community of participants. We’re looking forward to this excellent opportunity to share the elements of Burning Man that are helping change the world around us for the better.”

Apr 11, 2018