Summer 2021 Exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center

By Editorial Team on June 28, 2021
Bahar Yürükoğlu, still from IYKYK, 2021.

Arlington Arts Center announces its summer 2021 exhibitions:


We Can’t Predict Tomorrow,

Emily Fussner: Even a Parking Lot is Beautiful at Dawn,

Patrick McDonough: Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man

Dane Winkler: Timepiece Mythos.


The exhibitions will be open to the public during AAC’s regular gallery hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free and no reservations are required. AAC does continue to require masks and distancing inside its galleries.

AAC’s summer exhibitions will be accompanied by a mix of in-person and online programs, including additional programs to be announced soon.

We Can’t Predict Tomorrow
On View: June 19 – August 28, 2021

Featured Artists: James Balo, Nakeya Brown, Tommy Bobo, Leigh Davis, Guarina Lopez, Lex Marie, Jackie Milad, Jared Nielsen, and Bahar Yürükoğlu

We Can’t Predict Tomorrow Artist Talk / Thursday / July 1 / 6pm (online)
The talk is free but registration is required. Register here.

Organized by guest curator Amanda Jirón-Murphy, We Can’t Predict Tomorrow is a snapshot of life as lived throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Featuring work by nine multidisciplinary artists, We Can’t Predict Tomorrow touches on themes that took on heightened urgency during the pandemic in the United States: issues of social justice, climate change and the intense longing for sanctuary, community, and shared experiences. Taken together, the works in the exhibition serve as a record of a time when humanity lived at the knife’s edge of uncertainty but found creative ways to keep on living.

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Emily Fussner: Even a Parking Lot is Beautiful at Dawn
On View: June 19 – August 28, 2021

Artist Talk with Emily Fussner / Saturday / July 10 / 2pm
Artist Talk with Emily Fussner / Saturday / August 14 / 2pm
Emily Fussner’s artist talks will take place in-person at Arlington Arts Center. The talks are free but capacity will be limited and registration is required.

Even a Parking Lot is Beautiful at Dawn includes new work made by AAC resident artist Emily Fussner over the last year. Fussner casts cracks in parking lots, filling them with wet paper pulp and letting it dry before removing the form. The cast paper forms that she removes from the cracks act as a relic of a specific fracture. Suspended to accentuate their dimensionality, the forms evoke a skeleton, an aerial map, or, as the artist explains “a scar that can cast a shadow.” More recently, Fussner has begun tracing the shadows of these forms in gold onto abaca paper she made. The abaca paper is translucent, like skin, and the lines shift from vibrant gold to dark shadow, depending on the viewer’s perspective.

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Patrick McDonough: Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man
On View: June 19 – August 28, 2021

Through the project Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man, artist Patrick McDonough pays homage to the unsung workers of Arlington County, the individuals who repair our streets and sidewalks, maintain our parks, and beautify our public spaces.

The exhibition includes portraits of Arlington County employees, drawn by McDonough on paper made from grass harvested from AAC’s lawn by the artist in the summer of 2019. The employees who participated in the project have all worked directly with Arlington Arts Center in recent years. They have repaired the roads and sidewalks outside AAC’s building, maintained the building itself, and partnered with AAC on public art and community-oriented events. Through Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man, McDonough honors their work and points to the often-overlooked labor that goes into building and sustaining a vibrant community like Arlington.

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Dane Winkler: Timepiece Mythos
On View: June 19 – August 28, 2021

Timepiece Mythos is an interactive sculpture by Dane Winkler constructed entirely out of materials from a dismantled 100-plus year-old barn. Winkler disassembled the barn on its original site in Ramseur, North Carolina and transformed the century-old materials into a new structure. The new structured takes a familiar, barn-like form, but is shaped into a semi-circle, creating a passageway with entrances on either end. The work acts as a kind of portal, asking viewers to both imagine the history of the materials used and the potential for transformation that the new structure represents.

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