Burning to see the art from the world famous Burning Man Festival? June 2017, Norfolk’s Hermitage Museum & Gardens will be displaying their largest exhibition to date, in welcoming an array of art from the Burning Man Festival that is held annually in Nevada.
The roots of the Burning Man Festival stem from a bonfire ritual that first took light during the summer solstice in 1986, where friends Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and a few others met on Baker Beach in San Francisco where they burned a 9-foot wooden man along with a wooden dog. Crowds gathered to watch the roaring flames, in awe many began to sing, dance, and there it was, a community was formed. From then, the idea turned into a festival that can be found during the summer in the deserts of Nevada, lasting an entire week. Near 68,000 attendees gathered for last year’s festival, and is only expected to expand further in coming years. It is no ordinary festival, as food and merchandise being sold are against the rules, but attendees, called Burners, can give gifts and exchange items with others. You must bring your own food, water, and facilities. When the festival is over, all Burners must take all trash, for Burning Man enforces a strict “no trace left behind” policy.
The Hermitage is thrilled to bring pieces of this national phenomenon to Norfolk for locals to experience. The exhibition will feature both outdoor and indoor installations from six of Burning Man's artist teams: Michael Garlington, Charles Gadeken, James Peterson, Bree Hylkema and Sean Orlando of Five Ton Crane, Kirsten Berg, and Gregg Fleishman. On display will be large-scale sculptures and interactive installations that will transform the Hermitage grounds for a total of five months. Burning Man co-founder Crimson Rose and Logistics Coordinator Brody Scotland will be making a visit to the Hermitage from January 11 through 13. The Hermitage staff will host a public forum the evening of Thursday, January 12 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to get involved with the exhibition, related programming, and volunteer opportunities.
The Art of Burning Man will open at a ticketed party on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and will end with a closing party on October 14. Ticket sales will begin May 1. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit during the day Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at night during special evening events. Additional details will be available at TheHermitageMuseum.org.