2007 Latin American Experience Gala


The 2007 gala, chaired by Carolina Weitzman and Brad Bucher, celebrated the continuing efforts of the MFAH to promote, collect, and exhibit Latin American works by established and emerging Latin American artists. The honorees of the evening were Diane and Bruce Halle, and gala advisors included Sofia Adrogué, Celina Hellmund, and Ernesto Poma.

The event celebrated Hélio Oticica: The Body of Color, the first major exhibition to showcase this artist's radical and uncompromising use of color in all of its forms. Coinciding with the gala was the opening of the exhibition Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art. The Halle Collection remains the strongest concentration of contemporary Latin American art in private hands in the United States.

The evening included dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction of Latin American works of art. The nearly $1 million raised directly benefited the Museum's Latin American Art Department.

The success of the 2007 gala and auction allowed the museum to purchase several important pieces, including works by Martha Boto, Beatriz Gonzáles, and Teresa Margolles, as well as José Gurvich’s painting Formas en blanco y negro (Forms in Black and White). View the auction catalogue.