If you're going to be in the Washington DC area between now and the end of the year, do yourself a favor and visit the Renwick Gallery's No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit.

Every summer, Nevada's Black Rock Desert is transformed into a city for a week of experimental art installations, many of which are burned to the ground at the end. Burning Man is one of the most influential phenomenons in American art and culture.

The show, which takes over the entire gallery and spills into the neighboring streets, brings the art of this desert gathering to the nation's capital. It includes massive, interactive, multimedia installations as well as jewelry, customes and photography.

The Renwick Gallery is a branch of the Smithsonian Institution and houses and exhibits contemporary craft and decorative arts. The building itself is a National Historic Landmark and the first building in the United States specifically constructed as an art museum.