'Burning Man' Exhibit Brings Playa To Oakland

Kim Wonderley
October 15, 2019 - 9:30 am
e "Painted People" of San Francisco and New York, dance while wearing only paint for clothing September 2, 2000 at the15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada.

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Nothing can replicate the experience of attending Burning Man in person. However, there is an art exhibit open now in the Bay Area that is sure to dazzle festival participants and those who are merely Burning Man-curious. Kim Wonderley has the details in the Road Report.

Burning Man has been a marvel that has grown from its humble beginnings at San Francisco's Baker Beach. The name ties in with an effigy of a eight-feet-tall man which was first burned to the sands in 1986.

Fast forward 30 plus years, and Burning Man is attracting upwards of 70,000 people to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to partake in this mass communion of artists and free-thinkers.

While the experience may not be for everyone, there is one undeniable fact, the art installations are stunning.  

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For the first time in the Bay Area, you can experience many of these large scale installations. An exhibit called "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" opened at Oakland's Museum of  California on October 12. 

The show has already made stops in Cincinnati and Washington DC. It's an immersive and multi-sensory installation which will extend beyond the Oakland Museum's walls with the newly commissioned 40-foot-tall outdoor temple.

The exhibit will also feature mutant vehicles, wildly creative costumes and jewelry too. 

A companion exhibition called "City of Dust : The Evolution of Burning Man" will track the history of the event and run concurrently through February of next year. 

Look for special events throughout the show's run. There will be conversations with the founders, a pop-up version of the famed playa, after-hours tours and even a Friday night block party featuring art cars, dancers and DJs.