Chic Latin Experience

MFAH Latin Experience draws chic international crowd and raises nearly $1.3 million

Latin Experience draws chic international crowd, raises $1.3 million

News, MfAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Nayib Nemme; Claudia Hakim; Alex Mor;
Nayib Nemme, Claudia Hakim, Alex Mor. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Alejandro Ibarra; Defina Domogalla;
Alejandro Ibarra, Defina Domogalla. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Madeline Kelly; George and Linda Kelly; Sara Kelly
Madeline Kelly, George Kelly, Linda Kelly, Sara Kelly. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MfAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Nicole Berry; Natalia Cacchiarelli; Caroline Stearns; Jennifer Andrade
Nicole Berry, Natalia Cacchiarelli, Caroline Stearns, Jennifer Andrade. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Leon Brenner-Hellmund, Celina Hellmund
Leon Brenner-Hellmund, Celina Hellmund. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Lorena Raull; Alvaro Molas; Isabel Torras
Lorena Raull, Alvaro Molas, Isabel Torras. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Maria Bonta de la Pezuela, Aliyya Stude
Maria Bonta de la Pezuela, Aliyya Stude. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Lawrence Luhring; Sylvie Christophe; Roland Augustine
Lawrence Luhring; Sylvie Christophe; Roland Augustine. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
NEws, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Leslie Bucher, Brad Bucher
 Leslie Bucher, Brad Bucher. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Luis Campos, Cecilia Campos
Luis Campos, Cecilia Campos. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015Lan and Kuan Yu; Mari Carmen Ramirez
Lan Yu, Juan Yu, Mari Carmen Ramirez. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Tom Lile, Mary Lile
Tom Lile, Mary Lile. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Steve Newton, Gary Tinterow, Rusty Wortham
Steve Newton, Gary Tinterow, Rusty Wortham. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Lorena Raull; Alvaro Molas; Isabel Torras
Jamie Niven conducting the art auction. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Ana Milena Munoz; Steven and Solita Mishaan
Ana Milena Munoz; Steven Mishaan,  Solita Mishaan. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Amy Purvis, Jamie Niven
Amy Purvis, Jamie Niven. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Sten Gustafson, Sofia Adrogue
Sten Gustafson, Sofia Adrogue. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Yuta Nakajima; Donald Johnson Montenegro;
Yuta Nakajima, Donald Johnson Montenegro. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Rusty Wortham, Adolpho Leirner, Louis Adler
Rusty Wortham, Adolpho Leirner, Louis Adle. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Vanessa Ugobono; Juan Pablo Muci and Isabela Muci
Vanessa Ugobono, Juan Pablo Muci, Isabela Muci. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Stephen and Johanna Donson; Miguel Rafael López Méndez and Olga Cecilia Patrón López;
Stephen Donson, Johanna Donson, Miguel Rafael López Méndez, Olga Cecilia Patrón López; Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Cullinan Hall
Cullinan Hall is set South American style for the seated dinner by City Kitchen. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, MfAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Nayib Nemme; Claudia Hakim; Alex Mor;
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Alejandro Ibarra; Defina Domogalla;
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Madeline Kelly; George and Linda Kelly; Sara Kelly
News, MfAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Nicole Berry; Natalia Cacchiarelli; Caroline Stearns; Jennifer Andrade
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Leon Brenner-Hellmund, Celina Hellmund
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Lorena Raull; Alvaro Molas; Isabel Torras
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Maria Bonta de la Pezuela, Aliyya Stude
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Lawrence Luhring; Sylvie Christophe; Roland Augustine
NEws, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Leslie Bucher, Brad Bucher
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Luis Campos, Cecilia Campos
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015Lan and Kuan Yu; Mari Carmen Ramirez
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Tom Lile, Mary Lile
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Steve Newton, Gary Tinterow, Rusty Wortham
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Lorena Raull; Alvaro Molas; Isabel Torras
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Ana Milena Munoz; Steven and Solita Mishaan
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Amy Purvis, Jamie Niven
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Sten Gustafson, Sofia Adrogue
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Yuta Nakajima; Donald Johnson Montenegro;
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Rusty Wortham, Adolpho Leirner, Louis Adler
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Vanessa Ugobono; Juan Pablo Muci and Isabela Muci
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015, Stephen and Johanna Donson; Miguel Rafael López Méndez and Olga Cecilia Patrón López;
News, MFAH Latin Experience, Nov. 2015 Cullinan Hall

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's sixth biennial Latin American Experience Gala was nothing less than exhilarating with $747,000 earned from the auction of 24 artworks by Latin American contemporary artists and the unprecedented participation of 200 collectors, gallery owners and artists from around the world. 

By night's end, the stellar evening, saturated with a rich Latin vibe, was nudging proceeds of $1.3 million.

The gala and auction evening, celebrating Colombian art in the museum's collection, was the culmination of the four-day event that included a kick-off celebration, gallery tours, private collection visits and a symposium.

The dynamic collection of artworks available in the auction attracted a number of notable gallerists including Elizabeth Esteve of London's Pace Gallery and, in from New York, Lawrence Luhring and Roland Augustine of Luhring Augustine Gallery and Cecilia de Torres  of the gallery bearing her name.

Artists making the scene included Guillermo Kuitica, Tania Bruguera and Regina Silveira, whose works are featured in the new exhibition Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America.

Linda and George Kelly chaired the evening that featured the always entertaining live auction with James Niven, recently retired as chairman of Sotheby's, reprising his role as auctioneer.

A South American-flavored dinner by City Kitchen followed in Cullinan Hall where faux palm trees swayed in the breeze of the air system and where decor evoked a festive Latin party scene.

The brief program included an award presentation by museum director Gary Tinterow to Miguel Rafael López Méndez, Consul General of Columbia, and awards presented to the three auction advisors. Curator of Latin American Art Mari Carmen Ramirez did those honors saluting Brad Bucher, Mary Lile and Maria Ines Sicardi. 

The night concluded with schmoozing and dancing to the sounds of Havana NRG with a lively throng that included Leslie Bucher, Mary and Bernie Arocha, Jereann Chaney, Carla Knobloch, Joanna and Rusty Wortham, Sofia Adrogué and Sten Gustafson, Carolina and Sergio Weitzman, Kathy and Marty Goossen, Celina Hellmund, Gail and Louis Adler, Aliyya Stude, Randall Jamail and Victoria and Marshal Lightman.

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