Burning Man in DC

You won’t need to leave the east coast to experience this Nevada festival.

It’s no secret Burning Man festival takes place in a remote desert only to bring more than 50,000 attendees to create a temporary city. Most east coasters know about the festival’s reputation, but most do not flock to Nevada to experience the major event.

When the Smithsonian announced “No Spectators: The Art of the Burning Man” exhibition to take place in the Renwick Gallery, I knew there would be interactive installations that would embody the festival’s spirit. Not only can visitors gaze at marvelous artwork, they can also enjoy immersive room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, artifacts and a virtual reality tour.

So if you’re like me and you’ve been itching to go, but would never want to endure the heat, this is a great way to get a taste of Burning Man.

For more information, visit https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/burning-man.

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Saying Goodbye to The Freer

The Smithsonian art gallery filled with Asian art closes till 2017.

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art remains home to some of the District’s most famed Asian masterpieces. In its final weekend before closing for renovations (plans to re-open in 2017), crowds filled the Smithsonian home to take a final glance.



Just outside, a large steel gate filled with thin tree trunks creates an inviting atmosphere upon entering the garden.

Steer into the Freer to find a table filled with masks and textures from the Peacock Room formed into temporary tattoos. The Peacock Room is filled with extraordinary vases and a large mural depicting two birds painted in gold. The Peacock Room REMIX featured in the Sackler Gallery (still open despite The Freer closing for renovations) shows an emotional, dimly lit destroyed room to convey the feelings felt between the owner and the painter.


  

The now-closed museum offers historical artifacts, statues, artwork and more perfect for learning more about Asian history.

The renovations taking place include upgrading the building’s infrastructure, enhancing gallery spaces, incorporating new technology and improving the visitor experience. Concerts, films and other public programs normally held at the Freer will be hosted at the Sackler and other Smithsonian institutes. Exhibitions at the Sackler currently include Perspectives: Lara BaladiPeacock Room REMIX and The Nile and Ancient Egypt.

My favorite exhibition: Sōtatsu: Making Waves, where the Freer’s Waves at Matsushima and Dragons and Clouds are on public view. Take a look as its open through the end of January. 


Stop by and maybe you can catch a glance of what the future Freer will appear like.

 

Hat: Anti Social Social Club.

Jacket: Canada Goose. 

Shirt: Young Hungry Free.

Leggings: BCBGMAXARIA.

Sneakers: Puma by Rihanna Creeper.

Wondering at The Renwick

The highly anticipated Renwick Gallery exceeds expectations with the debut opening exhibit, WONDER.

The long-awaited unveiling of The Renwick Gallery finally opened this past week. While I couldn’t make it to the opening ceremonies and preview nights, I made it a priority to visit this weekend with friends.

Part of the National Museum of American Art, The Renwick Gallery features a number of installations that locals waited more than 30 minutes outside in chilly weather. The opening exhibit: WONDER. The collection includes nine talented, contemporary artists with larger-than-life masterpieces.


On Instagram, it’s amazing to gaze upon a collection of magnificent photography on Instagram.

Photography is highly encouraged and there isn’t a single spot where you can’t take a selfie.





  

This is quite possibly the most hype spot in the District after David Chang’s momofuku. Visit on a weekday to avoid lines, crowds and people bumping into you.

The Renwick Gallery is located on 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.