Thu November 21, 2019 - Sun February 16, 2020

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Burning Man Project is pleased to share that the Smithsonian's "No Spectators" exhibition of Burning Man art and culture will be traveling to the Oakland Museum of California.

The exhibition in Oakland will open October 12 and will close February 16, 2020.

"Each time an exhibiting museum opens its doors to Burning Man culture, we get a chance to collaborate and explore how the art is a gateway to a deeper understanding and interest in the world of Burning Man," Burning Man Project's Director of Art & Civic Engagement Kim Cook said.

"We know that not everyone will be able to participate in the community of Black Rock City, and it is our hope that the museum experience opens doors to new questions about how we all have the ability to express ourselves creatively in the places we call home."

To spark a conversation about art, objects from the Burning Man collection will not have a designated exhibition area but will instead be specially curated and displayed alongside the Cincinnati Art Museum's permanent collection. The local community is activated and excited to truly bring the exhibition to life through activities, events, and other opportunities for participation. More than sixty people attended and shared their ideas at a December community meeting held by Cincinnati Art Museum staff, with some folks driving over 100 miles to attend.

Following the Cincinnati exhibition, "No Spectators" will make its way to the OMCA in Oakland, which will be particularly special since the Bay Area is the birthplace of Burning Man. Many of the artists whose work is featured in the "No Spectators" show are based in California, and David Best, designer of the temple on display at the Renwick and many playa Temples since 2000, has been commissioned to create a 40'-tall outdoor temple as part of the OMCA exhibition. We look forward to engaging with the community and other local Burning Man artists for programming in conjunction with the exhibition in the coming months. We can't wait to see the spirit of Burning Man shine in the backyard of where it all started!

Image credit:

Marco Cochrane, Truth is Beauty, 2017. Photo by Ron Blunt.

Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti, The Paper Arch, 2018. Photo by Ron Blunt.
Burning Man Project is pleased to share that the Smithsonian's "No Spectators" exhibition of Burning Man art and culture will be traveling to the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibition in Oakland will open October 12 and will close February 16, 2020. "Each time an exhibit...
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