Illuminating the event’s origins, and its culture of experimentation, collaboration, and creativity, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man consists of cutting-edge artwork, sculpture, and interactive installations from Burning Man; the infamous event that draws over 70,000 people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year.
Today, the event attracts thousands of makers, artists, and innovators, who together create a temporary city in the desert filled with theme camps, impromptu performances, and experimental art installations, many of which are then ritually burned to the ground.
One of the most widely-celebrated and influential cultural events, Burning Man is deeply rooted in California and the Bay Area with the first “burn” taking place on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986. No Spectators makes its West Coast debut and final stop in Oakland, and will take over the Oakland Museum of California‘s Great Hall and beyond to its galleries.
Featuring costumes, jewelry, “mutant” vehicles, photography, paintings, and interactive pieces, No Spectators will come to life through special programming and workshops where visitors can experiment with dance, music, and radical self-expression.
Beyond interactive activities, visitors will have the opportunity to hear from artists and founders of Burning Man as part of OMCA’s In Conversation speaker series.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man will be on view October 12, 2019–February 16, 2020.