Best Of 2020

Best Psychedelic Mushroom Trip: “Shrumen Lumen” by FoldHaus Art Collective

Best Psychedelic Mushroom Trip

Every summer, Burning Man draws some 70,000 people to a remote playa in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where they erect and dismantle a temporary city all in the span of a week. Though founded on principles of radical inclusion, the ideas at the heart of Burning Man can seem elusive to outsiders. Enter the exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Originating at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2018, the show arrived at the Cincinnati Art Museum a year later and brought with it the all-time attendance high for a single exhibition in the museum’s 133-year history: 187,630 visitors set their eyes on its visionary art, including the psychedelic “Shrumen Lumen” by FoldHaus Art Collective. The glowing mushrooms housed hundreds of multicolored LED lights in their translucent white shells, fluxing through a rhythmic, ever changing color palette and changing form when visitors activated a pressure pad on the floor. While surrounded by other incredible installations from Black Rock City, “Shrumen Lumen” took the cake as the most eye-widening daydream come to life. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.