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We Can’t Predict Tomorrow
If we’ve learned anything during this past year and a half, it’s that nothing is certain—COVID-19 proved that, while also highlighting deep-rooted racial justice issues. As protests ripped across the country during the devastating pandemic, many Americans asked themselves what it means to be a part of this world. For Arlington Arts Center’s latest exhibit, We Can’t Predict Tomorrow, nine artists explore this time “when humanity lived at the knife’s edge of uncertainty and found ways to not only survive, but to keep on living,” states the center’s website. Curated by Amanda Jirón-Murphy, We Can’t Predict Tomorrow unites the work of artists James Balo, Nakeya Brown, Tommy Bobo, Leigh Davis, Guarina Lopez, Lex Marie, Jackie Milad, Jared Nielsen, and Bahar Yürükoğlu. The show also offers multiple art mediums, including photography, drawings, sculpture, and paintings. Lopez’s “This Native Land” is a compilation of photographs of the traditional homelands of Native American tribes that honors the land and its people, while Davis’ “Reunion” explores the grief process. Her pyramid structure installation invites visitors to enter and quietly remember lost loved ones. Marie’s paintings in “At His Daddy’s House” reflect upon being both an artist and a single Black mother during a global pandemic. The exhibit runs through August 28 at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. arlingtonartscenter.org. Free.