MFAH's Latin American Experience brings an international crowd & bodysuitdancers
Connoisseurs of Latin American art convened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Saturday evening for the biannual Latin American Experience, a momentous gala and auction of blue chip works by high profile artists hailing from the region.
Collectors flocked to the museum from all corners of South America and Europe's capitals to bid at the high-powered Sotheby's-coordinated auction in the discrete Brown Auditorium. Paddles waved and warred over choice works by Miguel Ángel Rojas, Gabriel de la Mora and Nicola Costantino.
Chaired by Dr. Luis T. Campos and Mary Lile, with Luis Benshimol playing international chair and Tanya Brillembourg holding the role of honoree, the night held true to its title. More experience than mere party, collector wives were seen squealing, "¡Guapísima!" toward one another as the crowd sipped a steady flow of mojitos and pisco sours amid a silent auction in the Hirsch Library.
Among the Latin American luminaries present was artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, who is currently the subject of a sweeping retrospective in the Upper Brown Pavilion, curated by the MFAH's Mari Carmen Ramírez with the Cruz-Diez Foundation.
Dinner entertainment for the over 600 guests included a performance by the Chromatiques, a Sulzburg, Germany-based dance troupe. For their performance, white bodysuit-clad dancers moved in tune with Cruz-Diez's "Chromatic Interfering Environment." Dancers' organic silhouettes glided against Cruz-Diez's signature compositions of animated, vibrantly hued lines.
The funds garnered benefit the Latin American Art Department, which is currently in the throes of celebrating a decade of pivotal acquisitions, celebrated exhibitions and groundbreaking research — none of which would have been possible without the local community's will to establish Houston as the global epicenter of Latin American art.