Earlier this evening I had the opportunity to attend the Pink Line Project-sponsored closing party for the exhibition “Metropolis Now!” at the Meridian International Center. I was on hand to help my friend Robin setup for his special VJ set and had an overall great time.
The exhibition itself featured works of art from China from numerous contemporary artists. I found their selection of art for the exhibition to be a decent cross-section of styles that maintained the overall theme. From photographs to sculptures to oil paintings, the exhibit hit the mark. However, I felt there was some visual redundancy that bordered on architectural iconography within the overall selection. There were numerous pieces that referenced Rem Koolhaas’ CCTV Tower in Beijing, and while it’s architecturally significant, and in line with the theme of the exhibition, I felt there were just too many pieces referencing that specific building on display. Nonetheless, the overall quality of the work was excellent and I only wish I took more photographs!
The Meridian International Center has now become one of my favorite buildings in Washington, DC. Located across 16th street from Meridian Hill Park, the building was designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, who is also responsible for creating the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. I hope to visit the Meridian House for their next exhibition.
Performing alongside Robin was Christylez Bacon:
and Holly Bass