Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Have you ever wanted to go to Burning Man?
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibit gives viewers the experience of the art of Burning Man months in advance of the cultural movement held annually in the Black Rock Desert outside Reno, Nevada.
The exhibit will take over most of the Cincinnati Art Museum and explore “the maker culture, ethos, principles and creative spirit of Burning Man” through oversized sculptures, jewelry, video, and photography, according to the Cincinnati Art Museum press release.
“Burning Man is one of the most influential movements in contemporary American art and design,” said Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum’s Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director. “The artists, architects, designers and participants who gather at Black Rock City thrive in a democratic and inclusive model of artistic expression. Working with the thinkers and artists who create the culture challenges the very notion of a curated art museum.”
“No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” will be presented in two phases, with the first opening April 26 and the second June 7. Both phases of the exhibition will close Sept. 2, coinciding with the end of Burning Man.
The exhibit is free to the public and multiple public programs will be offered to accompany the exhibit, the press release stated.
The exhibition was originally installed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. After the presentation in Cincinnati, the exhibition will move to the Oakland Museum of California in October.
The name “No Spectators” comes from a long-standing saying at Burning Man.
“You are encouraged to fully participate. It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing,” Aktinson said. “There are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.”
The exhibit features the artwork of multiple artists and designers who participate in Burning Man, including Candy Chang, Marco Cochrane, Duane Flatmo, Michael Garlington and Natalia Bertotti, Five Ton Crane Arts Collective, Scott Froschauer, Android Jones and Richard Wilks, the FoldHaus Art Collective, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, HYBYCOZO (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu), Christopher Schardt and others, the press release stated.
Story Written by Arden Barnes