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

Host Committee
Elia Alba | Carlos Betancourt | Boris Izaguirre & Ruben Nogueira | Rubén Ortíz Torres | Jorge Pardo | María del Pilar Díaz Cano | Andres Serrano | Isabel & Ruben Toledo | Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita | Nitza Tufiño

Premier Underwriter
Tony Bechara

Platinum Benefactor


ELLA FONTANALS-CISNEROS 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.

RAPHAEL MONTAÑEZ-ORTIZ 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.

CRAIG ROBINS 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.



Bandeirinhas (bunting) (2013)
Painted Iron, nail and string
Dimensions variable

Starting Bid $25,000 USD

Generously donated by Marcius Galan and Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil.


De la serie “La inocencia de los animales”, 49, (2013)
Inkjet print, watercolour, acrylic paint and pencil on paper
21 x 29.7 cm. (8.27 x 11.69 in.)

Starting Bid $10,000 USD

Generously donated by Adrián Villar Rojas and kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York.


Untitled nd
Acrylic on canvas
180 x 246 cm. (70.87 x 96.85 in.)

Starting Bid $35,000 USD

Generously donated by Vivian Suter and Gaga, Mexico City and Los Angeles.


Excursion at Sea (2019)
Acrylic and ink on paper
30.5 x 30.5 cm. (12 x 12 in.)

Starting Bid $7,000 USD

Generously donated by Firelei Báez and James Cohan, New York.


Untitled (1953)
Oil on canvas
52 X 75.3 cm. (20.5 x 29.65 in.)

Starting Bid $20,000 USD

Generously donated by Cecilia de Torres, Ltd.


Sin título (2018)
Wall extraction
135 x 169 cm. (53.1 x 27.1 in.)

Starting Bid $18,000 USD

Generously donated by José Carlos Martinat and Revolver Galeria, Lima/Buenos Aires.


Papel de Colillas (2008)
Cigarette paper
61 x 55.9 x 0.9 cm. (24 x 22 x 3/8 in.)

Starting Bid $4,000 USD

Generously donated by Jesús “Bubu” Negrón and Henrique Faria, New York.


Untitled (1960s)
Acrylic on Masonite
122 x 61 cm. (48 X 24 in.)

Starting Bid $80,000 USD

Generously donated by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros.

Not attending the Gala?
or information on placing an absentee bid by May 1st at 5pm, email specialevents@elmuseo.org.


For more information on sponsorship packets, tables, and tickets please contact:
Courtney Osit

For press or media sponsorship inquiries,
please contact:
Rose Mary Cortes