The Renwick Gallery now hosts an exhibit centered on the “Burning Man”, a cult fest that is held annually in the Black Rock Desert. The popular cult festival attracts thousands of people to the desert in Nevada; now, the gallery in DC takes the onus of staging an exhibit inspired by it. In the original fest, massive installations are constructed, decorated, and at times, even burned as a ritual.
In the Renwick Gallery, the branch of Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, you can experience the cult fest in its true spirits when on tours in Washington DC. The exhibit titled “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” is no short of artistic installations that capture imaginations. The installations in the Renwick Gallery will make your eyes pop out in sheer amazement, and are here to stay until January 21, 2019.
The gallery not only hosts the installation featured originally in the Burning Man fest but also brings forth an assortment of other works yet to be seen by the public. In fact, the size of the gallery is too small for the large-scale exhibition. To make it more accessible to the public, the gallery has placed artistic installations in partnership with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District on the neighborhood surrounding it.
Going by the exhibit’s title “No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick Gallery”, there are many spectators from all over the world who are here to watch the once in a lifetime exposition held outside the building. The moment you enter the Golden Triangle neighborhood, you can see a pictured ode to the American artist, Maya Angelou, a deltahedron shaped installation titled Golden Spike, XOXO steel installation with LED, and other contemporary artworks.
The exhibition outside the gallery will prolong until December 2018, while some of the works of select artists will be moved out from the neighborhood on September 16, 2018. The “Burning Man” has a Do-It-Yourself ethos and idiosyncratic creativity, as these installations are created by mostly self-taught artists. Several contemporary artists participate in it presenting their photographs, costumes, and jewelry collection to the visitors.
If you are into photography, make it a point to snap eye-popping images in the Renwick Gallery or outside it and capture the moments in your camera. There are enough reasons to visit the free gallery and the neighborhood when on private tours Washington DC, of course.