Burning Man is an event like no other. It's an art show, party and spiritual experience for many - and right now, you can get an up-close look at some notable Burning Man artifacts at the Bellevue Arts Museum.
“BAM has had a long history of jewelry shows," said Benedict Heywood, the Executive Director and Chief Curator at Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM).
Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man is a unique jewelry exhibition because the necklaces, bracelets and other adornments in the showcase weren't made with expensive gemstones or precious metals.
In fact they have no significant monetary value at all, just the sentimental value placed on them by the maker and wearer of the pieces. Many are crafted from "found materials" and have a rustic, handmade aesthetic.
“So what we have here is a set of jewelry that has been gifted to an individual named Christine Kristen, who goes by Lady Bee," Heywood said.
Christine "LadyBee" Kristen is the curator of Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man and is closely tied to the art of Burning Man events. She served as Art Curator if the event from 1999 to 2008, and is currently Art Collection Manager. Heywood said this exhibition features jewelry LadyBee has collected while attending Burning Man over the past 25 years and the pieces are representative of the event's gifting culture.
Heywood says this exhibition offers visitors who may have never attended Burning Man a glimpse of what the annual spectacle is like. And it's worth a look.
This exhibition runs through June 14th 2020 at the Bellevue Arts Museum.