>> Primitive dresses, an 18 foot tall steel rod built woman, a handcrafted wooden temple. They come from the arts and culture event known as Burning Man in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. But now they're on display at Washington D.C.'s Renwick Gallery. Part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's latest exhibit, No Spectators, the art of Burning Man.
>> Just on the art->> Curator Nora Atkinson.>> It's all about bringing joy to people. Just direct interaction with art and the emotional connection that that brings. I think that's really at the heart of what this is all about. Burning Man is an annual arts and culture event that began in 1986 with 35 people attending.
It has since grown to about 75,000 participants. With activities ranging from art installations to fire dance shows to blindfolded oiled wrestling. As part of the exhibit the Renwick partnered with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. To bring the art of Burning Man out onto the streets of Washington D.C. One of the works featured is called Maya's Mind, a fifteen foot tall bronze bust of poet Maya Angelou by artist Michelle Riley.
>> Because she's a woman of color, and she's a peace activist. And I think her voice is relevant today. I think her history needs to be remembered through not just a life sized monument but a 20 foot 6 ton sculpture of power of peace. She's like a torch in the night for the political climate with art I think today.
The golden spike by artist makes an appearance as well. While a pair of crows untitled by artist Jack Champion is also nesting in the neighborhood. Where the art will stay for the duration of the exhibit which runs through January of next year.