News & Media Updates
A selection of the press coverage about FoldHaus, and updates from the team.
Selections include pieces like FoldHaus’s Shrumen Lumen, which are giant origami mushrooms that light up and respond to the presence of humans...
The show’s name too, ‘No Spectators’, is as much an invitation as it is a maxim for visitors. Atkinson wants you to get involved, neatly circling back to one of the festival’s Ten Principles: participation. In one room, Shrumen Lumen (2016), an interactive Wonderland-esque installation of five towering origami mushrooms by art and design collective FoldHaus responds to visitors’ movements.
The outré scene of unrestrained revelry and cutting-edge art in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert comes to the Renwick Gallery.
When Burning Man festival–goers get to the temporary Nevada city outside Black Rock City, greeters famously say, "Welcome home, again." While I have never attended the annual weeklong event, I imagine that this feeling of homecoming will resonate for all Burning Man fanatics who visit the Renwick Gallery's latest exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, opening today.
On the second floor of the Renwick Gallery, three psychedelic mushrooms are currently heaving in and out and out like giant legume-shaped lungs. Their tops almost touch the ceiling, and they respire – if that’s what you can call it – whenever visitors step on special pads on the floor.
In the low-lit, second-floor room of Washington’s Renwick Gallery, a cluster of three ceiling-height plastic mushrooms glows in a shifting kaleidoscope of neon colors. At each mushrooms’ base is a pad that users can press, causing the sculptures to heave, sigh, and expand in and out.
Video: We are LIVE in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery for a sneak preview of the upcoming exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.
Shortly after Nora Atkinson was hired in 2014 as a crafts curator at the Renwick Gallery, she pitched a crazy idea — an exhibition dedicated to the art of Burning Man
From ornate temples to colorful mushrooms to larger-than-life animal sculptures, the giant art installations of Burning Man are a hallmark of the free-spirited desert festival. From Black Rock Desert, Nevada, many of these memorable artworks can all be seen in one place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. starting March 30.
A generation of volunteers spawned more artists, turning Burning Man into “an informal but very effective art school,” as Mr. Harvey put it. Pointing to these apprentices and what he called “enlightened patronage,” he sees parallels in the blossoming of art at Burning Man and the Italian Renaissance, its art theme in 2016.
The psychedelic stylings of Burning Man will be reaching a wider audience with the installation of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Visitors can enjoy photographs, sculptures, and interactive installations from the annual festival, usually just ephemera, only a stones-throw away from the White House.
Over the next nine months, an artful taste of the Nevada desert experience that is Burning Man will occupy the Renwick Gallery and its surrounding neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Golden Triangle.
What's going on behind-the-scenes at the Renwick Gallery? While the Renwick is closed, it's far from dark: artists are installing the large-scale works that will be a part of No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, opening on March 30.
A photo gallery previewing some of the works shown at the Renwick Gallery.
Want to experience Burning Man without the Nevada desert? Starting March 30, visitors to the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., can view actual and reimagined works from the event.
Upstairs stands an equally spectacular exhibit, “Blumen Lumens” made by San Francisco art collective FoldHaus.
Experience light through art and science at KANEKO’s latest exhibition in Omaha, Nebraska where you can interact with the many installations on show from artists including Adam Belt, Circus Family, Corey Broman, Foldhaus, Jason Webb, Refik Anadol, SKYGLOW and Taylor Dean Harrison.
“Kinetic,” a one-of-a-kind exhibition exploring the art, science and wonder of movement, opened in June and remains on display through Oct. 14. It offers no shortage of highlights, including a giant illuminated garden designed by San Francisco-based collaborative FoldHaus. Or six exhibits of modern technology created by the University of Nebraska at Omaha department of biomechanics.
Scottsdale Public Art commissioned artists both local and worldwide to set the Scottsdale Waterfront ablaze with color and whimsy.
The geometry of the mushrooms is based on the folding pattern of an origami ‘magic ball.’ The beauty of that structure is its ability to expand and contract; the challenge is that it’s much harder to control, and, as we found out later, much harder to fold at scale.
When I moved to the Bay Area to join IDEO, I had never even heard of Burning Man. But once I got here, it came up almost every time I showed someone my Ha-Ori shelter, a collapsible origami structure I designed and built while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.