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León Ferrari, Gabriel de la Mora, Cildo Meireles, Oscar Muñoz, Marie Orensanz, Miguel Angel Ríos, Miguel Ángel Rojas, John Sparagana, and Ana Maria Tavares

Oscar Muñoz, Distopía, Ed. 4/5 (Edition of 5 + 2 AP), 2014. Video FHD single channel / no sound, Video: 15  min

Here are four fine-arts events to check out this week
Our critics tell us why these are on their radar.

Andrew Dansby, Amber Elliott June 30, 2021

Updated: July 1, 2021, 9:07 am


1. Virginia Jaramillo

At age 81, Virginia Jaramillo last year enjoyed her first solo museum exhibition. The El Paso native has shown her work for years. In fact, she was the only woman and the only Latina included in Houston’s storied “The Deluxe Show” 50 years ago. But last year the Menil Collection offered space for “Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-1974,” allowing her work its own dedicated show. The eight featured works are striking and soothing: large single-color canvases interrupted by the narrowest of curving lines. The exhibition opened last October and closes Saturday, so the window to see them closes soon.

When: Menil hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, but the Jaramillo exhibition runs through July 3

Where: The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross

Details: free but visit for times reservation

Andrew Dansby

2. ‘Latin Beats’

Houston’s Apollo Chamber Players has long looked beyond canonized composers for inspiration and music. The ensemble has played in Cuba, and clearly the visit left an impression. Apollo this weekend presents “Latin Beats,” which draws from the ensemble’s experience in Havana, as well as pulling influence from South America. In doing so, the group will draw from other great resources including dancers from Houston Ballet and Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Venezuelan violinist Eddy Marcano and pianist Baden Goyo and more.

When: 8:30 p.m. July 3

Where: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive

Details: free; details for reserved seating at

Andrew Dansby

3. ‘Subtext’

The Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino gallery returns to in-person gatherings next week. First up, the opening reception of “Subtext,” a group exhibition featuring the work of artists Gabriel de la Mora, Léon Ferrari, Oscar Muñoz, Marie Orensanz, Miguel Angel Ríos, Miguel Ángel Rojas and Ana Maria Taveras, curated by Ximena Gama.

When: 6 p.m. July 8

Where: Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino 1506 West Alabama

Details: free

Amber Elliott

4. ‘Patriotic Private Historic Home Tours’

Get a head-start on the holiday weekend with a private, patriotic home tour of the Heritage Society’s historic buildings: Old Place, San Felipe Cottage, St. John Church, Kellum-Noble House, Yates House, Staiti House, Nichols-Rice-Cherry House and Fourth Ward Cottage. Come for the festive (and complimentary) cookies, refreshments and American Flag photo op, stay for original way to celebrate Independence Day.

When: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby

Details: Tickets start at $6; advanced booking required,

Amber Elliott