What to See in Arlington January 20 - February 2

arts news update  

January 20, 2022

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AA 2021

The Arts in Arlington - 2021 in Review

by Michelle Isabelle-Stark

If you are like me, 2021 might seem like something of a blur. It can be difficult to chart progress when significant leaps forward are followed by a couple of steps backward, followed by another step ahead. In fact, there have been many signs of progress and hope for the arts field. As Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, moves forward in 2022 we take inspiration from a year filled with significant successes. More


What to See in Arlington January 20-February 2

In Spite of Modernism

Arlington Arts Center

In Spite of Modernism: Contemporary Art, Abstract Legacies, and Identity

Jan 29-Mar 19 | Arlington Arts Center | Virginia Square

This exhibit features five contemporary artists who challenge abstract styles narrowly associated with Modernism. Each artist applies styles like geometric abstraction and flat, colorful compositions – those developed by various communities around the world – into their paintings and fabric-based works. In doing so, the artists confront the Modern movement’s exclusions of race, gender, and sexuality, and offer a more inclusive interpretation of the history and artistic styles that gave Western Modern artists global recognition. More


Check out the other exhibits opening Jan 29 at the Arlington Arts Center:

Negar Ahkami: Le Caftan, Le Turban

Global Spotlight: Annabel Daou

Body and Place, Marymount University Student and Alumni Exhibition



Arlington Artists Alliance:

Lighting our Community with Art 

thru Feb 28 | Dominion Lighting | Yorktown

Dominion Electric Supply in North Arlington has partnered with the Arlington Artists Alliance and local food and wine vendors for a series of community art shows at their space on Langston Blvd. Featuring work by ceramicist Lieve Dewulf, mixed media artists Tom Mulczynski, and Pat Loudis, and painters Donna Lomangino, Rebecca McNeely and Andrea Schellman. More


Plus, check out the exhibit at Gallery Underground running through Jan 28, New Ideas.



Prologue Theatre: World Builders

Jan 27-Feb 20 | Atlas Perf. Arts Center | Washington, DC

Max and Whitney are participating in a clinical drug trial attempting to treat their schizoid personality disorder – attempting to turn into functioning members of society – attempting to become ‘normal’. Throughout this, they grapple with what it means to allow another person to fully know their world – their intimate reality that outsiders typically deem mere fantasy – as they figure out together what their futures hold. More


  World Builders
SJA Ikebana and Origami  


Study Japanese in Arlington:

New Year's Ikebana and Origami Workshop

Sat, Jan 29 | 3-4pm | via Zoom

The Ikenobo portion of this event will be taught by Yukari sensei, who has studied the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement for 42 years, and SJA origami teachers will lead you through a short hands-on origami lesson to make a New Year’s fan. This event will make you want to run out and get flowers to make your own Ikenobo at home! More


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Author Talk with Vera Kurian: Never Saw Me Coming

Thurs, Jan 20 | 7-8pm | via Zoom

Join Arlington Public Library in a fascinating investigation of amorality, vengeance, and redemption. Vera Kurian, author of "Never Saw Me Coming", will join for a Zoom discussion of her book. More


  Author Talk with Vera Kurian: "Never Saw Me Coming"
The Future of Black  


Busboys and Poets Books Presents:

The Future of Black
The Future of Black is an anthology of poems and art exploring Afrofuturism, science fiction, and speculative fiction by Black writers and writers of color. Editors Cynthia Manick and Len Lawson come together with writers Saida Agostini and Teri Ellen Cross Davis to share insight into the journey and process of creating this work, and the concept of Afropessimism as an opportunity to think in provocative and disruptive ways. More