Desert Arts Preview 2018

  • Date and Time: June 03, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Format: Event
  • Location:
    NEW LOCATION: Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Cost: $25-45 in advance.
  • Tickets: Buy tickets or RSVP


In response to the outpouring of love and support we have felt over the last few weeks, we have changed venues to the historic Nourse Theater to more comfortably accommodate a large community gathering. Desert Arts Preview, our annual celebration of art and artists headed to the playa, will now include a tribute to Larry Harvey. As our community continues to honor the passing of our founder, friend, and original instigator, we invite you all to join in celebrating his creative legacy and artistic vision.

NOTE: All tickets purchased for Gray Area will be honored at the door. No refund, ticket exchange, or new purchase is required.


Desert Arts Preview is a beloved and exciting evening where artists will share the projects they plan to bring to the Burning Man event in 2018. Presenters will share their inspiration and hopes for these works in progress, giving the audience an exclusive window into their imagination and creative process.

An inspiring group of 30 art projects will be represented and celebrated through short presentations and in the Art Gallery: from a 32’ tall polar bear made out of recycled car hoods, to a great train wreck, plus an exciting range of robots, trees, giant flowers, UFOs, and a wide collection of the amazing and interactive art that delights us every year in Black Rock City. A beautiful and informative Art Gallery will be installed in theater, featuring stunning imagery and engaging information for each project. And we’re thrilled that Arthur Mamou-Mani, the lead artist of Galaxia, this year’s Temple, will be there in person to share insights and progress from his international team.

This is also the perfect opportunity to learn how you can get involved and support these and other artists at the Burning Man event and year-round, as we increasingly seek to create interactive, collaborative and community-generating works of art in cities around the world. Come and learn how to get involved and help make the art you wish to see in the world.

Doors open at

6:00pm, presentations begin at 7:00pm sharp. Each of the 15 speakers will have a short presentation, arrive on time so you don’t miss any of them! Light fare and festive mocktails are included with admission, come right at 6:00 so there’s time to enjoy a bite before we begin. The tribute to Larry Harvey will take place mid-way through the program, before the intermission.

To learn more about the life of Larry Harvey you can read this piece from Burning Man Project Director of Education Stuart Mangrum:

Burning Man Project has established the Larry Harvey Art and Philosophy Fund to support art projects, philosophical endeavors, and other work that reflects Larry’s passion for the playful and the profound. Please see for more information.

The Temple: Galaxia by Arthur Mamou-Mani
RadiaLumia by FoldHaus Collective
Stardust by Paige Tashner
Myriapoda Robota by David Date and Art To Be Continued…
Camera Lucida by Bill Evans
RE-CYCLONE by Chromaforms Art Collective
Luna Flora by The Coop at Arcosanti
Chilopod by Lawrence Grown and TeamEmbrio
Trace by Kate Greenberg and the Dust Crusaders
Kinesios by Bradley Norris and ND Collective
Scriptorium by Majorelle Arts
Singularity by Rebekah Waites
Long View by a polar bear stands in the desert: Don Kennell and Arctic Burn 505
Tree of Life by Tyler Rivenbark, Frida Ticehurst and Institute for Human Creativity
The Great Train Wreck by Collaborative Artisans Reno-Sacramento

Art Gallery
Includes all presenters plus:

Big Pollinator by Jakob Bokulich
Wrong Desert by Wesley Skinner
Spider Sweet Project by Bryan Argabrite and Chelsea Argabrite
Bloom by Peter Hazel
Kaleidoscope by Greg Barron
Rainbow Bridge by Josh Zubkoff
Transcendent Souls by Nicole Ashton Martin
The Intersection by Timur Kadyrov and Liya Iva
Let U.S. Prey by Mr & Mrs Ferguson Art
Ring Theory by John Pertsch
Skull on Wheels by Paul Duncker
Odd Jelly Out by uckiood – Missy Douglas & Kim Rask
Jokeatron 5200 by Natali Leduc and American Consumer Consortium
Resolute Arch by Richard Rhodes
B.Ÿ.T.E. by Andrew Lazorchak