We cover the District’s news, curiosities, and culture Ever since the Renwick Gallery used thousands of bugs, ethereal rainbow nets, and giant birds nests to make museums Instagrammable in 2015, the museum has specialized in artwork you just have to see. As of this week, you don’t even have to go in person to see their latest exhibit.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man is now available in virtual reality, the result of a partnership between the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick’s partner museum, and Intel. The exhibit is one of many virtual worlds available on Sansar, the VR experience created by Linden Labs, perhaps best known for the online game Second Life.

“We’ve been brainstorming [about] what can we do to make the museum accessible and available to people who may never get a chance to get on a plane and go to D.C. and see it in person,” said Sara Snyder, SAAM’s chief of external affairs and digital strategy.

Since No Spectators’ opening on March 30, more than 380,000 people have visited the Renwick Gallery to check out a variety of art (mutant bicycles! paper arches!

rainbow mushrooms!) inspired by the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The exhibit’s popularity is one reason to make it the museum’s first VR experience, Snyder says, but it really came down to timing. Read more from dcist.com…

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