Festival Photos Show Through Summer
Northern Nevada annually plays host to one of the largest and most innovative art and cultural events in the nation, yet most local residents have never experienced the weeklong Burning Man festival. This summer, Western Nevada College offers a fascinating glimpse into the Burning Man culture of self-expression and self-reliance through a photography exhibit that portrays the art, costumes and ambience of the event. "The Culture of Burning Man" will show June 1-October 15, made possible by the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and curated by local artist Maria Partridge.
Thirty-nine poster size photographs depict the innovative sculptures that soar many stories above the playa, made of steel, wood and other materials. They depict Burners in costumes that range from the clever to the weird, and a fascinating array of playa vehicles built or retrofitted to navigate the dusty streets of Black Rock City - from bicycles and roller skates to giant balloons and boats.
There are also many images of "the man," the giant Burning Man sculpture that is built each year to tower over the festivities until the closing night, when it goes up in flames, a multi-story high bonfire.
"The Culture of Burning Man" shows at the College Gallery in the Bristlecone Building, at WNC Carson City. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Admission is free.
Press Release: May 27, 2011
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