No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick

On display from March 2018 through December 2018

A groundbreaking collaboration between the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery – entitled No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick – activated Washington, DC’s central business district with six public art installations from March through December 2018. The unique partnership marked the first time the Renwick Gallery expanded beyond its walls to show artwork along the streets and parks within the surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood.

The project was an outdoor extension of the Renwick Gallery’s museum-wide exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man which featured large-scale, immersive artworks that are the hallmark of the annual celebration in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, an influential phenomenon in contemporary art and culture. No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick was on view in the Golden Triangle from March 30 through December 2018, with the Renwick exhibition on display through January 21, 2019.  View the full press release online.

Click on each photo below to find additional artist information and their previous locations within the Golden Triangle. To see photos from installation, click here.

XOXO by Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schomberg

Untitled by Jack Champion

Golden Spike by HYBYCOZO

Maya's Mind by Mischell Riley

Ursa Major by Mr. & Mrs. Ferguson

Future's Past by Kate Raudenbush

In the News...


Burning Man blazes experimental art trail from Nevada Desert to D.C. – The Washington Diplomat

Bringing Burning Man’s Art from the Nevada desert to downtown D.C. streets – Smithsonian Insider

16 of Burning Man’s biggest artists on showing their work at the Smithsonian – Artsy

Something’s ‘burning’ at Smithsonian’s Renwick

‘No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man’ brings a glimpse of the desert to D.C. – The Hoya


‘Very Strange Bedfellows:’ Burning Man exhibit opens at Smithsonian’s Renwick GalleryWAMU

‘Art of Burning Man’ comes to U.S. capital  – Reuters

Burning Man goes to Washington  – Hyperallergic

Burning Man exhibition opens at the Smithsonian’s Renwick GalleryArchitectural Record 

This exhibit brings the spirit of Burning Man to D.C.The Washington Post

Here’s where to find the Renwick Gallery’s Burning Man art all over downtown D.C. – Washington Post Express

From the desert to the District: Burning Man art hits the streets of DCWTOP

Will the spirit of Burning Man art survive in museums? – New York Times

The art of Burning Man, without the burnWall Street Journal

Burning Man art is on its way to the Smithsonian in D.C.Reno Gazette Journal


Mark your calendar: 16 things to do around Washington in MarchWashington Post


Burning Man artworks coming to D.C.’s Renwick Gallery in MarchDC Curbed

Renwick Gallery puts on first-ever outdoor exhibition with art of Burning ManDC After 5

The epic art of Burning Man heads to Washington DC in a new exhibitionLonely Planet


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