Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Plaza Hotel, NYC



Celebrating its 25th year, El Museo’s 2018 Gala is 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.


Tony Bechara | Maria & Alberto de la Cruz | William A. Haseltine | Maria Eugenia Maury | Clarice Oliveira Tavares






Eduardo Almirantearena, Deputy Consul General of Argentina | Fabiola Beracasa Beckmann | Carla Fernandez
Diego Gómez Pickering, Consult General of Mexico | María Isabel Nieto, Consul General of Colombia | Marina Larroudé
Jorge Pardo | Isabel & Ruben Toledo

Tony Bechara | Alejandra Castro Rioseco | Moisés Cosío Espinosa | Miriam De Lourdes Figueroa & Eduardo J. Arias
Maria & Alberto de la Cruz | Michel J. Goguikian | Veronica Gonzalez Powell | Agnes Gund | HBO | Maria Cristina & John Heimann
JP Morgan Private Bank Latin America | Irene & Jose Antonio Llorente | Alexander Logsdail | Maria Teresa & Andres Mata
Maria Eugenia Maury & William A. Haseltine | MetLife | Morgan Stanley | Clarice Oliveira Tavares | Ramiro Ortiz Mayorga
Renata Paula | Morgan Schuessler | Ricardo Seco | Leslie Powell & Stanley T. Stairs | Encarnita & Robert Quinlan
Tim & Coco Quinlan | Yolanda Santos | Jerry I. Speyer | Martin & Jean Shafiroff | Barbara & Donald Tober
Monica Vidal | Wells Fargo

Lara Alcántara | Carolina Alvarez-Mathies | Danny Baez | Andrew Bevan Juliette Boyer | Giovanna Campagna | Steve Caputo
Fabricio Cardenas | Alberto Guillermo de la Cruz Iliana Maria de la Cruz | Jessica de la Espriella | Anna Maria Gonzalez Cuevas
Evelyn Gutierrez Subramaniam | Donald Johnson-Montenegro, Luhring Augustine | Maria del Mar Caragol Karina Palma
Carola Reyes Benítez | Patti Ruiz-Healy

Maria Eugenia Maury, Chair | Pablo J. Fárias, 1st Vice Chair | Claudia Marmolejo, 2nd Vice Chair I Alfonso Barros, Treasurer
Christine Miller Martin, Secretary I Tony Bechara, Chair Emeritus | Angela Cabrera | Manuel Camelo Hernandez | Doris A. Casap Alejandra Castro Rioseco | Agustín Coppel Luken | Moisés Cosío Espinosa | Juan Domingo Beckmann | Ella Fontanals Cisneros
Michel J. Goguikian | Veronica Gonzalez Powell | Myriam Guadalupe De la Vega | Javier Lumbreras | Maria Martinez de la Cruz
Maria Teresa Mata | Jeffrey Mercado | Clarice Oliveira Tavares | Ramiro Ortiz Mayorga | Maria-Leticia Ossa Daza | Renata Paula
Pedro Pedraza | Yolanda Santos | Stanley T. Stairs | Monica Vidal

Blick Art Materials | Hotel Americano | Tiffany & Co.


In partnership with Paddle8 El Museo del Barrio is proud to present a silent and live benefit auction (during the Gala) featuring works of art generously donated by incredible artists, including Francis Alÿs, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Carmen Herrera, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Liliana Porter, among others. All works were selected by El Museo’s Executive Director Patrick Charpenel and Museum Trustee Clarice Oliveira Tavares. Proceeds from the auction will provide critical funding to support the Museum’s exhibitions, programming and bilingual educational initiatives.




Excellence in Fashion


Born in Bogota, Colombia in May 1984, Esteban Cortazar is a Paris based designer. His distinctive style pays homage to his Latin heritage and combines it with French craftsmanship and feminine structure.

Referred to by Vogue as “the most uninhibited designer showing in Paris,” Cortazar’s collections are found in the most prestigious online retailers, department stores and luxury boutiques, including Colette, Barneys, Le Bon Marché, Browns, Net-a-Porter and Matches. Cortazar has dressed celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Gal Gadot, and Rihanna to name a few. Recently, the President of Colombia named Cortazar an official ambassador of the arts for the country.

Cortazar started his fashion career in Miami at the age of 16 and soon after debuted his first collection in New York in 2002. In 2007, Cortazar moved to Paris to helm the House of Emanuel Ungaro. In 2012, Natalie Massanet approached Cortazar to create a series of capsule collections for Net-a-Porter. This process ushered the relaunch of his eponymous Paris based brand in 2014, where he has been showing for the past 8 seasons. Esteban Cortazar’s signature style is confidently articulated through slick, sculptural lines tempered by ease, grace, and flow.

Excellence in the Arts


Marta Minujín was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. She received a scholarship from the National Arts Fund in 1960 and moved to Paris. In 1963, she did her first happening, The Destruction [La Destrucción] in an empty field at the Impasse Ronsin. Minujín received the National Prize from the Torcuato Di Tella Institute in 1964.

Between 1967 and 1969, Minujín lived in New York, where she continued her experimentation with “media art” – a process she had started with Simultaneity in Simultaneity – creating pieces such as Minuphone (1967) and Minucode (1969). During the late 1970´s at the first Latin American Biennial in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Minujín presented her Fallen Obelisk [Obelisco Acostado] (1978) and her Sweet Bread Obelisk [Obelisco de Pan Dulce] in 1979 at the II Nations Fair in Buenos Aires. In 1983, she created The Parthenon of Books [El Partenón de Libros] – a replica of the original Greek Parthenon, covered in 20,000 books – in commemoration of democracy in Argentina after the horrible dictatorship called “Process of National Reorganization.” Her work has been shown at significant international exhibitions such as: Corpus Delicti (Institute of Contemporary Art; London; 1996), Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object (The Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles; 2007), and Arte (no es) Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960- 2000 (El Museo del Barrio; New York; 2008). The MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) presented a retrospective of her career (1959-1989) from November 2010 to February 2011.

Her works continue to be featured globally in notable institutions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Art Museum of the Americas (Washington D.C.), Olympic Park (Seoul, Korea), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, MNBA (Buenos Aires), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).

Outstanding Patron of the Arts


Puerto Rican psychiatrist César Reyes has established himself as a prominent global art collector who enthusiastically promotes the importance of Latin American art. Reyes first developed his passion for collecting while in Philadelphia during medical school where he frequently visited the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over the past three decades, Reyes has amassed works from prominent Latin American artists, such as Abraham Cruzvillegas, Zilia Sánchez, Allora & Calzadilla, José Lerma, Enoc Perez, Jesus ‘Bubu’ Negrón, Ad Minoliti, Gabriel Kurí, Rafael Ferrer, Michael Linares, Antonio Caro, Carolina Caycedo and Radamés ‘Juni’ Figueroa.

Reyes commissioned Cuban American artist and MacArthur Fellow Jorge Pardo to design two architectural projects: a house by the sea in Naguabo, Puerto Rico (1997), and a colonial residence in Merida, Yucatán (2010). Both structures are integral parts of the collection, which Reyes considers sculptures that can be lived in. Reyes is proud that renowned artists such as Chris Ofili, Peter Doig, Laura Owens, Rirkrit Tiravanija, among others, have created works inspired by their visits to Puerto Rico. He is a Trustee of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and a member of the Art Basel Global Patrons Council.

More than a Collector, Reyes has proven himself to be friend, confidant, and champion of the art world, able to call many artists his close friends. The Whitney Museum of American Art Curator, Chrissie Iles, said of Reyes, “all great collectors collect with passion, but César brings a sense of family to it.” He and his wife Mima Benítez live in Puerto Rico.

Cultural Pioneer


Born in Colombia, multi-Grammy award winner Maestro Julio Reyes Copello is considered the most influential Pop Producer of Latin Music in the last 15 years by Billboard Magazine. He is a classical pianist, composer, songwriter and producer with a Master’s degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami.

Reyes Copello has worked with some of the most talented and renowned voices of the Latin music industry such as Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Il Divo, Placido Domingo, Charlotte Church, Diego Torres, Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Lopez, and many others, who recurrently seek him for his unique ability to give music a dimension that arises from a combination of talent, classical education and deep sensibility. Reyes Copello’s prolific career has earned him 5 Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, as well as more than 21 nominations including Producer of the Year in 2010 and 2013. He is also very active writing for Film and TV and is the first Colombian to ever conduct the London Symphonic Orchestra with original music he wrote for the NASA Virtual Reality experience Mars 2030.

He currently resides in Miami, Florida, where he founded Art House Records in 2013; a recording studio and label with the mission of developing new and emerging indie talent.



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