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Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for Major Exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

(OAKLAND, CA) August 29, 2019The public will have several opportunities to experience the spectacular presentation of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man with an exciting range of special programs and events at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). The exhibition will be on view from October 12, 2019 to February 16, 2020, with associated programming running throughout the fall and winter.

On Friday, November 8, Burning Man will take over the Museum’s popular Friday Nights at OMCA with a Burning Man Block Party, featuring art cars, dancers, DJs, marching bands, and, of course, fire. On three Thursday evenings during the run of the exhibitionNovember 14, December 5, and January 9Late Night at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man will invite visitors to experience the incredible large-scale artworks and installations at night, with exclusive after-hours access, food and drinks in the exhibition, and more.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from artists and founders of Burning Man as part of OMCA’s In Conversation speaker series, including a discussion on Saturday, December 7 with Burning Man founders on art, creativity, and building a city in the dust, followed by a powerful conversation on Saturday, January 11 with creative leaders centered around the Burning Man principle of Radical Inclusion.

Other public events will include a free Playa Pop-Up on Sunday, January 19, including campus-wide activities led by Burning Man volunteers and artists such as the creation of miniature balsa men, explorations in playa-wear worn at Burning Man, and other workshops where visitors can experience Radical Self-expression, one of the principles of Burning Man.

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Friday Nights at OMCA: Burning Man Block Party
Friday, November 8
510 pm
Burning Man meets Friday Nights at OMCA at this spectacular version of Oakland’s favorite block party. This extra special edition of Friday Nights features art cars, dancers, DJs, marching bands, and, of course, fire! The special event launches a weekend of Bay Area-wide programming from Burning Man artists throughout Oakland and beyond. Don’t miss this super-sized late-night extravaganza in celebration of special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

Late Night at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Thursday, November 14, December 5, and January 9
5–10 pm
Join us for exclusive late-night access to OMCA’s major fall exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, with food, drink, and much more. Stay up late and marvel at the spectacular artworks from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world alongside the artists who helped shape it.

Tickets are $21 in advance and $25 at the door for general admission, $16 in advance and $20 at the door for Members.

In Conversation: City in the Dust
Saturday, December 7
2 pm
As part of special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, join several Burning Man founders for an insightful conversation about art, creativity, and building a city in the dust. The founders will discuss where they’ve been, what they’ve learned, and what changes are on the horizon for the Burning Man event. Tickets available soon at

Playa Pop-Up
Sunday, January 19
12–4 pm
Experience the creative spirit of Burning Man at OMCA! Enjoy creative artmaking and inspiring projects that you might encounter in Black Rock City during the Burning Man event. This event is free and open to the public.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Exhibition Tour
Every Sunday, beginning November 3
12 pm
View the spectacular artwork and large-scale installations from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world with an OMCA Docent as your guide. Explore works by Bay Area artists including jewelry, costumes, mutant vehicles, sculptures, photography, and paintings. Learn about Burning Man’s origins, from its counterculture roots in the San Francisco Bay Area to the world-famous desert gathering it is today. Included with Museum admission.


No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man is organized by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art. The museums especially thanks colleagues from the Burning Man Project, a nonprofit public benefit corporation, for their close collaboration and assistance throughout the preparation of this exhibit and tour. Support for the Oakland presentation of this exhibition is provided by Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. Additional support is provided by Ruth and Roger Wu. Lead support for the exhibition was provided by Intel and Bently Foundation. Support for the exhibition’s tour is provided by the C. F. Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights at OMCA, a weekly evening series every Friday from 5 to 10 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights at OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Outdoor performances are free and accessible to all, including OMCA’s Go Local stage, featuring top Bay Area musicians and performers. Gallery admission is free for Members and ages 8 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $7. Friday Nights at OMCA is presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA. Friday Nights at OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state’s art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multi-disciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. The Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019 as a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $16 general; $11 seniors and students with valid ID, $7 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $5 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.