Sign up for our free newsletter

Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.

With January’s “Intellectual Property,” Meat Market staged the bravest show of the year and one of the best to boot: The gallery invited artists to download paper plans for the gallery space and propose a show, then installed the 70 proposals. Rex Weil sought to fill the former butcher’s shop with blood; Matthew Sutton proposed paving over the place to make more parking for Safeway. Meat Market achieves the DIY ethic that so many area nonprofits strive for, though a planned move to a larger space may kill the vibe. Despite its antic shows and hipster-magnet openings, the gallery intends to be taken seriously, bringing its artists’ work to the Aqua Wynwood satellite fair during Art Basel Miami.