Radical Inclusion and Tales from the Playa - Session 2

Join SAAM, five of the original founders of Burning Man, artists from No Spectators: the Art of Burning Man, and other Burners for a day of storytelling, short films, and discussions about the history of the event and the important role of art in its culture.  For more information, please visit the Cultural Tourism DC Calendar.

By clicking the image below, you will be cued to Will Roger’s Q&A with Megan Miller of Burning Man, as well as many other notable speakers.


Burning Man Goes to Washington

Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, “Ursa Major” (2016) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, “Ursa Major” (2016) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

In an exhibition opening March 30, the Renwick Gallery has transported some of that Burning Man spirit to its more buttoned-down environs a stone’s throw from the White House. For the first time at the Renwick, an exhibition is spilling out of the museum’s doors onto the streets of downtown DC, with six large sculptures, including “Ursa Major,” taking up residence on sidewalks and medians through a partnership with the downtown-area Golden Triangle Business Improvement District.

Inside the museum, the Renwick will show 14 installations that were displayed at Burning Man or were commissioned from Burning Man artists, along with smaller artwork, handmade jewelry, costumes, photos, and memorabilia. No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man is so large and technically complex that the entire museum was closed to the public for almost a month, the first time the museum has closed for an extended period since reopening in 2015 after a two-year renovation. > Hyperallergic, Read More

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man  at the Renwick Gallery, installation view (photo by Ron Blunt)

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at the Renwick Gallery, installation view (photo by Ron Blunt)

City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man

If you start talking about an event that takes place about 100 miles northeast of Reno in the desert in late August, most people in our area, and beyond, will know immediately that you’re talking about Burning Man.  

Burning Man has become a cultural institution worthy of a museum exhibition. “City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man” runs from July 1 to January 7 and then in the spring of 2018 it will travel to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. 

The exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno traces the history of Burning Man from its modest San Francisco origins to a yearly event that attracts tens of thousands of people to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.  

“The genesis of this exhibition really began about four years ago when our Center for Art and Environment, which is the research arm of the museum, acquired a major archive of materials related to the history of Burning Man,” said Ann Wolf,  John C. Deane Family Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the Nevada Museum of Art.  > Read More, Fred Wasser of KNPR  


The Founders of Burning Man

The Founders of Burning Man

Source: https://knpr.org/knpr/2017-06/city-dust-ev...

Rare Burning Man Photos, Journals, Artifacts Coming to Nevada Museum of Art

The exhibition traces the more than three-decade evolution of an event that has morphed from a bohemian beach gathering in San Francisco in 1986 to the modern-day 68,000-person pop-up city in Northern Nevada's Black Rock Desert each year. 

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Photo Exhibit Brings Splendor of Nevada to Capitol Hill

Some of the Silver State’s most spectacular landscapes went on display Monday in Washington, D.C., as a weeklong photo exhibit called “Home Means Nevada” debuted in the rotunda of the Senate Russell Building.

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Provocative Portraits Exhibit at Sierra Arts Foundation

Will Roger Peterson uses a Nikon F-4 and Leica M-4 with normal lenses and Tri-X and T-max 400 film. Peterson brings black-and-white stills to life with an intense motion effect, created by using a one-second exposure, and strobe and spot lights while the subjects move. While erotic in the fact that his subjects are nude, the gesture and movement in the photos augment the expression of sexuality. And while the images contain little identity, they are filled with expression -- some dream like, some grotesque, all unusually titillating. 

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Will Roger Peterson's Portraits, Reno Tahoe Tonight

Fresh off a three and a half week run last month at Las Vegas' Sin City Gallery, Provocative Portraits by Will Roger Peterson is featured in Reno Tahoe Tonight magazine in an exclusive interview. Peterson's Portraits challenge and engage the viewer through balletically collaborative still to live studies that employ photographic techniques that dramatically capture movement and gesture in his subjects, while conveying an emotional compendium of eroticism, euphoria, danger, freedom, whimsy.  

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Provocative Portraits Exhibit at Sin City Gallery

The enchantment of erotic art has had a long history. From the explicit picture by Gustave Courbet L'Origine du monde to the sublimated metaphors of French Rococo painting, and the mystery of Victorian pornography, there has always been a dialogue between the explicit and the abstract in erotic art, and it is this dance that defines eroticism. For the artist Will Roger Peterson, the subject is one of celebration and performance. Exploration, spirituality, freedom and artistic expression are fundamental.

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Event Horizon, A Documentary on Burning Man

The film explores Burning Man's history, some of the myths and misunderstandings that surround and sensationalize Burning Man's culture, and how the event has come to survive, grow, and evolve by working closely with its neighbors. The film focuses on the challenges and benefits brought to Reno and its sibling communities which serve as the final outposts of civilization to these migrations, and on how Burning Man principles are permanently transforming the local arts and culture.

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