September 2019 Exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center

By Editorial Team on September 16, 2019

Sat, 21 September 2019 - Sun, 22 December 2019

Shannon Collis + Liz Donadio, Singular Space: ICA Baltimore, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21 from 6pm to 9pm


Gallery Talk: Assembly 2019 + Marissa Long: Borrowed from Dust
Saturday, October 19 from 1pm to 3pm

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

Please join us for the opening of our inaugural regional biennial, Assembly 2019, and AAC resident artist Marissa Long’s poignant exhibition, Borrowed from Dust. Our exhibiting artists will be in attendance, so come by from 6 to 9pm on Saturday, September 21 to help us celebrate their incredible work. This is also an excellent opportunity to stop by our resident artists’ open studios to see what they have been working on!

Assembly 2019
On view: September 21 to December 22
Assembly 2019, AAC’s inaugural regional biennial, will feature sixteen contemporary artists and artist pairs working in a range of media, from drawing and painting to performance and installation. This exhibition will explore current material and conceptual trends among artists in the region, with the goal of highlighting the strength of the work being made and making connections across media and generations. The program will feature work by young and emerging artists alongside new work by artists with longstanding connections to the Mid-Atlantic region and its art scenes.

Assembly 2019 Artists:
Kara Braciale, Wilfred Brunner, Bradley Chriss, Shannon Collis & Liz Donadio, chanan delivuk, Lillian Bayley Hoover, Katie Kehoe, Dean Kessmann, Magnolia Laurie, Khánh H. Lê, Gina Gwen Palacios, Judith Pratt, Sarah G. Sharp, Molly Springfield, McKinley Wallace III, and Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin.

Marissa Long: Borrowed from Dust
On view: September 21 to December 22
Borrowed from Dust is a meditation on memory, loss, and impermanence. In her sculpture, photographs, and mixed-media works, Marissa Long utilizes visual and material symbols of obfuscation and mourning. Attempting to visualize what we’re unable to see, the work in the exhibition explores our strategies for understanding the incomprehensible. Without being able to fully comprehend death and loss, we translate our emotions through objects, totems, and myths. The familiar objects in Borrowed from Dust – flowers, candles, household ephemera – seem positioned in a state slightly out of reach. Blocked, buried, or fading from view, our understanding of them moves away from their innate physicality and is shaped by our own instinctive attempts to view them plainly. Our past is transfigured by memory, which is both an intimate, meaningful function of our own minds, and an unreliable narrator, crystalizing the distortions of our subjective experience.

**Please note there will be a cash bar at this event. All drinks will be $5.**

AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA. For more information visit