Burning Man is a gathering in the Black Rock Desert north of Reno that has grown into an international phenomenon, attracting attendees and attention from around the world. The event’s huge popularity has resulted in way more people wanting tickets than are available, even though about 70,000 will be sold in 2019.

Should you be one of those who tried for tickets and failed, there are still ways to get a feel for what goes on in Black Rock City during Burning Man.

On YouTube, the “Burning Man Live Stream” is broadcast during the event. It offers an expansive view of Black Rock City and the surrounding Black Rock Desert playa.

There are numerous art installations around Reno that first appeared at Burning Man. Two of the most prominent are the “BELIEVE” and “Space Whale” sculptures in City Plaza, across from City Hall and next to the Virginia Street Bridge. Others include “Portal of Evolution” at Bicentennial Park, “Pentamonium” at the Lear Theater and “Guardian of Eden” in front of the Nevada Museum of Art. The “Reno Playa Art Trail” features more Burning Man art. Part of it is the Reno Playa Art Park, located in the 500 block of N. Virginia Street, across from Circus Circus.

Space Whale, Burning Man sculpture, City Plaza, Reno, Nevada

“Space Whale” was at Burning Man 2016. It is now installed in City Plaza in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White


No poop fairy

August 19, 2019

Poop fairy sign, dogs, Reno, Nevada, NV

Picking up your dog’s poop is not optional. If you don’t want to, don’t have a dog. Real simple. Photo © Stan White

“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” takes a different approach to presenting a famous artist, taking a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. The exhibition runs through October 20, 2019.

The exhibition is organized in sections that run from her early years, when O’Keeffe crafted a signature style of dress that dispensed with ornamentation; to her years in New York, in the 1920s and 1930s, when a black-and-white palette dominated much of her art and dress; and to her later years in New Mexico, where her art and clothing changed in response to the surrounding colors of the Southwestern landscape.

“Georgia O’Keeffe: The Faraway Nearby from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico” is a companion exhibit until September 22, 2019. The beauty and elegance of Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico paintings were prompted by the intimacy of her experience with the Southwest’s natural forms, especially in relationship to her paintings of the landscape surrounding her home at Ghost Ranch. Further from home, she made repeated camping trips to draw and paint at three extraordinary sites in the Southwest.

The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 West Liberty Street in downtown Reno. There is free parking next to the museum and more available nearby. Go to “Where to Park in Downtown Reno” for details.

Source: Nevada Museum of Art