Thursday, May 2, 2019
The Plaza Hotel, NYC

El Museo del Barrio is delighted to commence its 50th anniversary celebration with its annual Gala, a spectacular event that brings together Latino and non-Latino cultural luminaries and leaders in business, finance, fashion, entertainment, art and philanthropy to raise crucial funding for the Museum. The Gala has been lauded as one of the hottest tickets in town by the press and New York City’s philanthropic circuit. We hope you can join us for this special occasion.

Gala Chairs
Tony Bechara | Maria & Alberto de la Cruz | Veronica Gonzalez Powell | William A. Haseltine | Maria Eugenia Maury

El Museo del Barrio Board of Trustees
Maria Eugenia Maury, Chair | Pablo J. Farías, First Vice Chair | Claudia Marmolejo, Second Vice Chair | Alfonso Barros, Treasurer
Stanley T. Stairs, Secretary | Tony Bechara, Chair Emeritus | Juan Domingo Beckmann | Angela Cabrera | Manuel Camelo Hernandez Alejandra Castro Rioseco | Agustín Coppel Luken | Moisés Cosío | Myriam Guadalupe De la Vega | Ella Fontanals Cisneros
Michel Goguikian | Veronica Gonzalez Powell | Javier Lumbreras | Maria Martinez de la Cruz | Maria Teresa Mata
Ramiro Ortíz Mayorga | Pedro Pedraza | Yolanda Santos | Monica Vidal


Outstanding Patron of the Arts

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros is a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, businesswoman, and a collector of contemporary art. She began collecting art in the 1970s and her collection has an international profile with emblematic figures of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on Latin American art. As the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection has grown and developed, its scope has broadened. There are four main areas of interest that have been systematically increasing in recent years: geometric abstraction from Latin America; contemporary international and Latin American art; contemporary video; and modern and contemporary photography. Today the collection has more than 2,500 works. In 2002, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros established the non-profit Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) to support and foster cultural understanding, and educational dialog among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO is a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artist through the Grants & Commissions Program, the CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the United States of America and internationally.

Excellence in the Arts

Raphael Montañez Ortiz is one of the founders and the first Director of El Museo del Barrio. For over 60 years, his legendary contributions to the art and culture of Latinos and Latin Americans in the US have served to embrace, enhance, and advance the careers and visibility of the Latinx community. In 1966, Ortiz participated in the first Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) – a world-renowned event that continues to define and influence his art. He created the performance process dubbed Physio-Psycho-Alchemy in 1979, which is inspired by dream images, symbols, and processes. For decades, Ortiz’s performances, videos, and installations have been exhibited throughout the world in museums such as Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, Musee d’Art Contemporain in Montreal, Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 2017 he was awarded the UCLA Medal. Ortiz was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a B.S. and M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Ed. M. Masters and Ed. D. Doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College. He is currently a distinguished Professor of Art at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of The Arts.

Outstanding Patron of Art & Design

Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and art collector based in Miami, Florida. As the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company he founded in 1987, Robins focuses on developing creative communities that integrate art, design and architecture to accelerate asset value creation and enrich urban life. Twenty years ago, he began acquiring property in the once-abandoned Miami Design District, and in 2000 set about transforming the neighborhood into one of the most important global centers for cutting-edge design, fashion, food and art – a position it occupies today. In 2005, the neighborhood’s rapid renewal inspired the creation of Design Miami/ and subsequently Design Miami/ Basel, design fairs that have evolved into the world’s premier global forum for collectible design. Robins is the Chairman of the show, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel.

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