The Brutal DC exhibition is a well-curated display focusing on the Brutalist architectural movement, specifically within the context of Washington, D.C. This exhibition encapsulates archival documents, recent re-imaginations, and fine art photography, shedding light on the historical foundations, current state, and future potential of crucial Brutalist structures in the capital. It underscores the journey of Brutalism by exploring the past, present, and future of seven exemplary Brutalist edifices alongside the Metro in D.C. Through a rich assortment of archival materials, architectural drawings, and construction photographs, attendees will get a glimpse into the emergence of Brutalist architecture in the US during the Cold War era. Furthermore, contemporary fine art photographs, alongside commentary from locals and visitors, highlight the existing state of Brutalism in the area. The exhibition also features imaginative re-designs from leading architectural firms and students, depicting possible future adaptations for some of these iconic structures like the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building.
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