Kate Raudenbush, Future’s Past (detail), 2010. Image courtesy of the artist; Hybycozo, Golden Spike. Image courtesy of the artist; Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, Ursa Major (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist; Laura Kimpton, XOXO, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.
From a press release:
“Artworks from the legendary desert event known as Burning Man will activate the streets and parks of Washington, DC’s central business district for the first time, through a collaboration between the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick, presents six public art installations by noted Burning Man artists. The unique partnership marks the first time the Renwick Gallery will expand beyond its walls into the surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood.
The project is an outdoor extension of the Renwick Gallery’s building-wide exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which will feature large-scale, immersive artworks that are the hallmark of the annual celebration in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, an influential phenomenon in contemporary art, as well as a cultural movement. The exhibition will be on view from March 30, 2018, through January 21, 2019, with the outdoor portion on display through December 2018. Nora Atkinson, the museum’s Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, curated the exhibition and collaborated with the Golden Triangle BID on the outdoor artwork selections. The BID worked with the artists and neighborhood stakeholders to produce the outdoor extension. The museum and the BID also collaborated with Burning Man Project, the nonprofit organization responsible for producing the annual Burning Man event and for facilitating and extending its culture into the wider world.
“We are excited to expand this exhibition beyond our walls in partnership with the Golden Triangle BID,” said Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “This collaboration will surprise and delight the public in the vibrant neighborhood that the Renwick Gallery calls home through unexpected encounters with the astonishing work produced at Burning Man.”
“No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick will enliven key streets and parks in the Golden Triangle, the heart of DC’s central business district,” said Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle BID. “Public art is a dynamic component of the Golden Triangle’s identity, enriching public space for nearly 90,000 daily workers, and millions of residents and visitors to our neighborhood. We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Renwick on this first-ever outdoor extension and are grateful to our friends at Lyft for their generous support.”
“We are proud to partner with the Golden Triangle BID on No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick,” said Steve Taylor, GM, Mid-Atlantic for Lyft. “Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for the future of our cities and our support of this exhibition is a powerful way to realize this commitment. We’re excited to help provide greater access to these artworks for those who live, work, and play in Washington, DC.”
The six installations include activations of Pennsylvania Avenue west of the White House and major corridors such as Connecticut Avenue. Jack Champion’s giant bronze crow sculptures will inhabit Murrow Park at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street, NW, while Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson’s “Ursa Major,” a 14-foot-tall bear sculpture crafted from 170,000 shining pennies will reside at 19th and I Streets, NW. HYBYCOZO’s (Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu) perforated steel sculpture entitled “Golden Spike,” will light up Connecticut Avenue at K Street, NW, and Laura Kimpton’s 20-foot long steel “XOXO” installation, made together with Jeff Schomberg, will meet daily commuters at the Farragut West Metro station entrance at 18th and I Streets, NW. Mischell Riley’s five-ton cast cement bust, “Maya’s Mind,” pays homage to Maya Angelou and will be installed on 17th Street between H and I Streets, NW, and Kate Raudenbush’s luminous 23-foot tall laser cut steel sculpture, “Future’s Past,” will captivate passersby near Monroe Park, at Pennsylvania Avenue and 21st Street, NW.
The Renwick Gallery and the Golden Triangle BID will present related programming around the neighborhood to further engage audiences with the art and spirit of Burning Man. This will include walking tours, along with other participatory and community activities. Details will be available in the spring online at americanart.si.edu/nospectators and goldentriangledc.com/renwick. A map will be provided at the Renwick and online for self-guided tours of the outdoor installations.”