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A Burning Man Art Exhibition Is Showing at the Smithsonian

Text your BF, GF or GBF because “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” is being exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum all this year.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has announced a Burning Man art exhibition. It is the first time that playa art will be shown in a real museum that is indoors.

“No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” takes place from March 30, 2018 to January 21, 2019. It is being shown at the Renwick Gallery. According to representatives there will be, “Artworks, room-sized installations, jewelry, costumes and ephemera that will transport visitors to the gathering’s famed desert location, the ‘playa.'” Plus there will be old photographs and archival documents.

flaming octopus car photo by NK Guy

Photo taken at Burning Man 2015 by NK Guy

Lonely Planet calls the Renwick Gallery, “Utilitarian and artistic, with more than a dash of whimsy thrown in.” It is located in a stately mansion that was built in 1859.

At this time no tours are being offered. But admission is free, unlike at real Burning Man. It’s only a short walk to the White House, so stop by and give Trump a big middle finger while you’re there. Maybe you could wear your slutty raver costumes, because it is a Burning Man event.

Truth Is Beauty by Marco Cochrane at Burning Man Smithsonian photo by Mikaela Lefrak / WAMU

“Truth Is Beauty” by Marco Cochrane, photo by Mikaela Lefrak / WAMU

To plan your visit go to the Smithsonian’s official website.

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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.