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Capital Brutalism Opening at the National Building Museum

We are very excited to see the National Building Museum's upcoming exhibit, Capital Brutalism opening Friday, June 1st, with a member event. Shout-out to Deane Madsen, founder of Brutalist DC and Docomomo DC board member, who help support the Southern Utah Museum of Art in organizing the first exhibit there and brining this to DC.

Monday, June 3rd we will hold an impromptu Docomomo DC member event, 5 PM at the museum, to view the exhibit and short talk provided by Deane Madsen.

Text from the exhibition:

Capital Brutalism presents the history of the polarizing architectural style and its evolution in Washington, D.C. The exhibition features seven oft-considered “Brutalist" buildings and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metro system, investigating their past, present, and future. Featuring archival documents, architectural drawings, construction photographs, and models, Capital Brutalism illustrates the Brutalist phenomenon and how these structures first emerged during the Cold War. The exhibition includes contemporary fine art photographs of these iconic and familiar places by LA-based photographer Ty Cole to highlight the current state of Brutalism in the nation’s capital. Furthermore, leading architecture firms such as Brooks+Scarpa, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler, Studio Gang, and BLDUS, in conjunction with students from the School of Architecture at UNLV, have reimagined five of the buildings to portray potential futures for these structures. 





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