No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Photo Credit: Ben Carsley
However, I think it's safe to say we build because it is certainly one of the things humans do best. In fact, I would go so far to say that human beings are today and always have been a "maker culture." So it is curious to me that it takes a somewhat eccentric, and obscure little music and arts festival to draw attention to our very own nature. But, isn't that after all part of the purpose of great art, to call our minds and hearts to reflection about who we are, how we live and what we can become and how we can possibly be? For me, great art opens one's eyes more and increases our perspective. It evokes wonder, makes us laugh, catch our breath, and become present to the moment of discovery and experience. No, I didn't attend Burning Man on the New Mexican playa, but I did have the privilege and good fortune of having much of the experience come to DC to share just some of its extravagant wonder and exuberance. I encourage you to experience it as well!
This exhibit is on display now at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery until November 18th, 2018.
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