Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969–1974

Sep 26, 2020 – Jul 3, 2021
Main Building

Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-1974, is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. This focused exhibition presents eight abstract paintings by Virginia Jaramillo (b. 1939, El Paso), in which thin, undulating lines dance across monochrome fields of bright, flat color.

The Menil’s exhibition marks the fiftieth anniversary of The De Luxe Show, one of the first racially integrated exhibitions of contemporary art held in the United States, organized by the Menil Foundation and curated by New York artist Peter Bradley in 1971. Jaramillo, the only woman and Latina included, exhibited the painting Green Dawn, 1970, which will be on view for this special presentation

Organized by Michelle White, Senior Curator, The Menil Collection.

The exhibition is presented in association with the Feminist Art Coalition.

Major funding for this exhibition is provided by a gift in memory of Virginia P. Rorschach; Scott and Judy Nyquist; Diane and Michael Cannon; and Marley Lott. Additional support comes from Laura and Walter Elcock; Poppi Massey; Mary Hale Lovett McLean; Suzanne Deal Booth; Clare Casademont and Michael Metz; Janet and Paul Hobby; Linda and George Kelly; and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Introductory video for Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-1974. Produced by The Artist Profile Archive.