No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

October 12, 2019-February 16, 2020 at Oakland Museum of CA

Discover the cutting-edge artwork, sculpture, and interactive installations from Burning Man, one of the most widely-celebrated and influential cultural events, at Oakland Museum of CaliforniaNo Spectators: The Art of Burning Man will illuminate the event's origins, and its culture of experimentation, collaboration, and creativity, which draws over 70,000 people to Nevada's Black Rock Desert each year.

No Spectators will take over OMCA's Great Hall and beyond, going outside of the walls of the gallery with outdoor sculpture throughout the Museum's public spaces, including an OMCA-commissioned 40-foot-tall outdoor temple by internationally-acclaimed sculptor David BestNo Spectators will also feature commissioned works, jewelry, gifts, costumes, "mutant" vehicles, photography, ephemera, paintings, artifacts, and other items.

Many of the featured artworks will invite visitor interaction and touch--a unique element of the exhibition experience.

Special Events

  • Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10: Various maker studios in Oakland will open their doors for Beyond Burning Man: Bay Area Open Studios where visitors can go behind the scenes and discover local sites where Burning Man art is created. 
  • Sunday, November 17 and Sunday, January 19: OMCA will host free Playa Pop-Ups, including campus-wide activities led by Burning Man volunteers and artists that encourage visitor engagement, such as the creation of whimsical miniatures, explorations in playa-wear worn at Burning Man, and other workshops where visitors can experiment with dance, music, and radical self-expression.
  • November 7, December 5, and January 9: Experience No Spectators After Dark from 6-10 pm, including special late-night access to the exhibition, artist activations with special appearances by Burning Man artists, and light bites and drinks inside the gallery.
  • Friday, November 8: A special Burning Man Block Party will take over OMCA's popular Friday Nights at OMCA, closing down the surrounding 10th and Oak Streets with interactive art cars from the Playa, fire dancing and flame demonstrations by The Crucible, a mass of marching bands and music, Off the Grid food trucks, and more, expanding across OMCA's gardens and entire campus.
  • Saturday, December 7: Hear from artists and founders of Burning Man as part of OMCA's In Conversation speaker series, including a discussion about the art and creativity of Burning Man and what it takes to build a city in the dust.
  • Saturday, January 11: a powerful conversation centered around the Burning Man principle of Radical Inclusion will feature Roberto Bedoya of the City of Oakland, Rachel McCrafty of Ace Monster Toys Makerspace, and others, discussing equity and inclusion for artists and creatives.

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