Norfolk’s Art of Burning Man Exhibit Goes Out in a Blaze this Saturday

by | Oct 12, 2017 | ART

The Art of Burning Man, an art exhibition that has been on display at Norfolk’s Hermitage Museum since June, will come to a close October 14. A multi-media pageant, the exhibit features curated original art pieces from the annual Nevada-based Burning Man festival, costumed characters, music, and as one would expect with anything with the name “Burning Man” in the title, the exhibition is set to end on a high note.

Josephine the Colossal Skeletal Marionette. Photo by Christian Breeden

The museum, along with Alchemy Underground and the Burning Man organization themselves, is planning a massive closing party to celebrate the art and community surrounding Burning Man.

“[We’re] opening up access points for all different types of folks to be able to take a peek into this sort of weird and sort of self-sufficient group of weirdos and creative makers that make the biannual ceremony happen in the desert,” said Charles Rasputin, an event organizer from Alchemy Underground.

RVA Mag has covered the Art of Burning Man exhibition in the past, though this event aims to be something even more special for partygoers. The lineup of entertainment is set to include Party Liberation Front, DJ Conway Jennings, electronica artist Karacell, a jazz band named JANKS, and much more.

Photo Courtesy of Parker Galore

The event will also feature an appearance by Davina the Dragon, a fire-breathing art car that has been a mainstay at Burning Man events.

“We had to build a customized truck and trailer after Burning Man to be able to get this thing back into Virginia,” Rasputin said. “She’s on the last 10 hours of that trip now, so it’s all sort of happening in real time.”

Six sculptures will be displayed outside of the museum, with four of them lighting up at night. All of the artists are set to appear at the event, according to Jennifer Lucy, marketing manager for the Hermitage Museum.

Executive Director of the Hermitage Museum, Jen Duncan, was interested in the art displayed in Burning Man and contacted their organization around the time that Burning Man was looking to expand their reach.

“She was almost saddened that Burning Man art can only be seen in the desert once a year, and then it’s gone,” Lucy said. “She felt that the quality of the art, and the idea of participating with the art, was something that should be brought to the museum setting.”

Rasputin said one of the goals of Alchemy Underground was to provide a space for people of all types of backgrounds and cultures to participate in the exhibition.

“We try to find the place where art and music intersects with our community,” Rasputin said. “It’s always been really important to give everyone opportunities to be a part of the art community. Quite often, I think we find that Burning Man itself can often be a white-centered space, and my group has always strived to create space and place for all people.”

Online tickets cost $50 and can be purchased here. Deadline to purchase online is Thurs., Oct. 13, and after that tickets are $75 at the door.

More information on the event can be found on the event’s Facebook page.


Art Sponsored by Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art


Ryan Persaud

Ryan Persaud

Ryan Persaud is currently studying Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. They enjoy reading and writing interesting stories, listening to various podcasts, and wasting the rest of their free time on video games. They are also an obsessive Twin Peaks fan.

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