2005 Latin American Experience Gala
The 2005 gala was a landmark event in the history of the support of Latin American art and artists in the Houston community. The MFAH has long been an international leader in exhibiting Latin American art, with 55 exhibitions since 1927. At the time of the 2005 gala, the MFAH collection included more than 760 modern and contemporary works as well as 2,500 pre-Columbian objects. The establishment in 2001 of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA), under the leadership of Wortham Curator of Latin American Art Mari Carmen Ramírez, has allowed the MFAH to further collect, exhibit, research, and educate general audiences on the varied but previously underexposed subject of artistic production in Latin America.
This inaugural gala celebrated the acclaimed 2004 exhibition Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde in Latin America. The efforts of gala chairs Sofia Adrogué and J. Michael Treviño, as well as the expertise of auctioneer August Uribe, senior vice president of Sotheby's New York, were instrumental in the success of this event.
The evening included dinner, dancing to the band Mango Punch, and a live and silent auction of Latin American works of art. Proceeds benefited the museum's Latin American Art Department. View the auction catalogue.