Once a year tens of thousands of people gather for a week in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, known as The Burning Man.
The Smithsonian‘s Renwick Gallery, decided to create “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man“, an exhibition dedicated to one of the most influential phenomenons in contemporary American art and culture.
The exhibit will display various Burning Man installations, costumes, jewelry and ephemera, furthermore selected photographs and archival materials from the Nevada Museum of Art‘s show “City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man” will show the Burning Man’s growth from its bohemian roots.
Nora Atkinson, the museum’s Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, curated the exhibition and she suggested: “ “No Spectators” is a long-standing saying on Playa. 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 radial inclusivity, meaning that there are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.”
The show will take place in the Renwick Gallery and its surroundings until January 21st, 2019.
Check out last year’s Burning Man theme here!