The Renwick Gallery is an awesome, *free*, Smithsonian museum right across from the White House. The Gallery features a variety of artists and installations that are as thought provoking as they are visually appealing. The current exhibit, No Spectators, features installations, art work, costumes, and more from the yearly Burning Man festival in Nevada. & let me tell you, it’s awesome.
If you’re unfamiliar with Burning Man, you can read more about the event and cultural meaning behind it, here. I’ve read about Burning Man for years, so I was excited when the exhibit came to the Renwick back in March, but didn’t make time to go until July!! Life can really get in the way of doing fun things sometimes, amiriteeee!??
Anywhoo, aside from the beautiful structures, all originals from the Burning Man Festival, the museum does an excellent job really explaining to the visitor what Burning Man is, and how it has grown into a cultural movement over the years, in the City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man part of the gallery. Bonus element: there are quite a few of the Burning Man installations scattered in the Golden Triangle area. I’ve seen quite a few while driving through the city- they’re super fun to have around the area and really give some character to the city.
The first floor of No Spectators is coming down mid-September, so if you live in the DMV area, or are visiting soon, I highly advise visiting the Renwick ASAP so you can see the entire exhibit. The upstairs portion ends January 21st, so there’s still some time for that, but it’s best when you visit the exhibit in its entirety!