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Exploring DC: Burning Man at the Renwick Gallery

2018 July 30
by Becky

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

We’re celebrating one year of living in Old Town TODAY. This was officially the fastest year of my life. Yet we survived, nay, we thrived. No question about it, this place feels like home. And we’ve certainly done our best to do everything!

We learned our lesson the last time we lived here: Don’t wait.

So we’ve done museums, ventured out in nature, eaten all the food, splashed in all the water, driven the drives, walked the walks. Something top on our “didn’t get to it last time” list was a trip to the Outer Banks and that’s happening in three short weeks! There’s been no waiting on anything.

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

So I’ll take this chance to talk about our most favorite recent exploration, which was the Burning Man exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. We’d been anxious to get here but had yet to make it until I heard about this crazy display of party culture and creativity. We entered knowing almost nothing about Burning Man and left with it on our life bucket list.

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

Burning Man artists and their art are featured throughout two floors of the gallery, so it’s room after room of gorgeous, over the top costumes, vehicles, jewelry, and structures that make up the ‘temporary city’ in Black Rock Dessert each year. The boys were pointing and exclaiming and I couldn’t stop reading all the descriptions out loud to them, it was all fascinating. Many of the pieces were accompanied by video screens, depicting how the work of art functioned, which was so fun to watch as most of the big stuff shot fire or was set on fire. Metal and recycled materials and fire seemed to be the running theme.

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

The boys especially enjoyed the spaces where they could ‘leave their mark’, like the chalk board room and enormous temple made of intricate laser cut wood that was reconstructed in the gallery’s Grand Salon. The boys took time to write messages on tiny pieces of wood before hiding them somewhere in the temple.

One of the most exciting spaces was the “shroom room” which I won’t ruin for you but will say it’s not to be missed. Finn was completely obsessed. No matter the viewer’s prior Burning Man related knowledge, one can’t leave this place without feeling the magnitude of this yearly event.

BurningMan at the Renwick Gallery

I’ve barely scratched the surface of this exhibit but not to worry, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself. It’s free and a fantastic way to spend a summer morning. Apparently there will be new pieces coming in September to refresh the show that’s running through January, so we’ll be back! The three of us can’t stop talking about this visit.

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  1. July 31, 2018

    Ha – great minds, right?!

    It was so completely cool. And yes, the mushrooms were the best. The morning we waited outside of the National Portrait Gallery we met a couple from VA (former CIA), and talked to them for about half and hour. They said their favorite place in DC was the Renwick – the size, scale, location, and exhibits were just the right mix for a perfect gallery exhibit. It was closed for this installation, but was opening on Friday morning at 10am – our last day there. We got up, ate breakfast at The Tabbard Inn, and headed over to stand in line. We were in the first group to enter and see it – the wood chapel was pristine, and the girls were the first to leave their marks! Loved it.
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