Smithsonian Hosting Burning Man Storytelling Event Friday, Sept. 14

This is the eighth post in a series about “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man,” the upcoming exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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On Friday, September 14, as part of the “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibition in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian is hosting a day of Burning Man storytelling called “Radical Inclusion and Tales from the Playa.” It’s not at the Renwick Gallery but rather the McEvoy Auditorium, located at 8th & G Streets NW. It’s a jam-packed, awesome schedule of speakers, including local D.C. Burners, Burning Man founders and staff, and excellent Burning Man artists.

Just like the exhibition, this event is open to the public and free of charge. All you need to do is show up! Be sure to join the Facebook event to keep up with any announcements and bring your umbrella (the weather is looking pretty iffy). You can show up anytime throughout the day — the full schedule is on the website. The event will be streamed live, so everybody can watch, even if you aren’t in D.C. Isn’t that awesome? Here’s the link where the stream will be.

Truth is Beauty (Photo by Manuel Pinto)

If you’ve wanted to participate in the eye-popping exhibition of Burning Man art and culture at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, now’s your chance. The last day to have the full-blown experience is Sunday, September 16. After that, the ground floor of art gets taken down, but the outdoor installations will stay up through January. Here’s the full schedule of events for the rest of the exhibition.


Top photo by Manuel Pinto

About the author: Jon Mitchell

, a.k.a. Argus, was publisher of the Burning Man Journal, the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter, and the Burning Man website from 2016 to 2019. He joined the Comm Team as a volunteer in 2010 and as year-round staff in 2014. He co-wrote a big story about spending 24 hours at the Temple of Juno in 2012. His first Burn was in 2008.

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