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Virginia Jaramillo Access for Visitors Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Access from the Atrium

You are on the second floor of the MCA, in the atrium. With the elevator behind you, the Visitor Experience desk for this floor is on your left, and there is a coat check to your right. The atrium has very high ceilings and lots of natural light, with two floors of windows covering the front of the building, which is ahead and to the right of you. This area of the MCA is shaped like a large T, and you are on one of the short ends with a longer hallway extending to the left. Behind you, there is a stairwell with a small exhibition. In front of you, on the other side of the T, there is an art installation on the left and the MCA Store across on the right. The long part of the T leads to the larger exhibitions on this floor: Arthur Jafa: Works from the MCA Collection and Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence.

At the junction where the paths of this T cross, there is a freestanding metal sign advertising the MCA Store. To the right of this, there are revolving doors which leads to a large staircase at the front of the museum. To the left, the length of the T leads to exhibitions. In the middle of the hallway, there are five grey flower-shaped benches, each with three petals.

The exhibition Arthur Jafa is on the left. It features a video interview with the artist that is playing audio. This exhibition is composed of video works, and those are also audible in the atrium. The exhibition Virginia Jaramillo is on the right, about halfway down the hall.

The exhibition’s introductory text is located across the hallway from Arthur Jafa’s interview video. To the right of this text, there is a very long and tall hot pink line extending across the wall. This line runs from the floor, scooping upward from a low angle, all the way to the ceiling two or three floors above this one, turning and bending in a meandering shape. This line is painted in a way that it looks as though it disappears into the building, rather than ending.

Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence has both an entrance and an exit. The entrance, leading to the first room, is to the immediate left of the introductory text. The exit is to the left of that, and leads to the last room of the exhibition.

Introduction to the Exhibition

The introduction to the exhibition reads:

Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence is the first retrospective and largest monographic exhibition to date of the work of Virginia Jaramillo (b. 1939, El Paso, TX; lives in Hampton Bays, NY). Drawing on a longstanding study of physics, science fiction, ancient mythologies, and modernist design, Jaramillo’s practice, in her words, “seeks to translate into visual terms the mental structural patterns we all superimpose on our world.”

Organized chronologically, the exhibition examines how Jaramillo grounds her abstract works in the line—a fundamental element of image-making and a consistent focus in her production across time and shifts in material. For Jaramillo, the line functions as a means of opening space rather than dividing it: it can elicit emotional responses, reference ideas, embody energy, and reflect on the passing of time. Principle of Equivalence traces Jaramillo’s consideration of these ideas across her career, foregrounding her commitment to abstraction as an exercise in artistic and social freedom.

Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence was originally organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and curated by Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs. The MCA’s presentation is organized by René Morales, former James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, and Iris Colburn, Curatorial Associate.

Lead support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, the Zell Family Foundation, Cari and Michael Sacks, and R. H. Defares. Major support is provided by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation and Charlotte R. Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III of the Wagner Foundation. Generous support is provided by Hales Gallery and Pace Gallery. This exhibition is supported by the MCA’s Women Artists Initiative, a philanthropic commitment to further equity across gender lines and promote the work and ideas of women artists.

This exhibition then begins through the first doorway to the left.