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The Bronx Museum Gets “Wild” at Annual Gala

On Monday, the Bronx Museum hosted its annual benefit and auction, Wild Noise: Bronx/Havana. The event took place at the Conrad hotel and guests enjoyed bites and dinner by Union Square Events. The evening honored Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, founder of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, a non-profit which fosters understanding and appreciation of contemporary artists from Latin America, Cristina García, a Cuban-born American journalist and author of six novels—including National Book Award-nominated Dreaming in Cuban, and most recently King of Cuba. Los Carpinteros, a Havana-based collective formed by artists Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriquez were also honored alongside Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, the program director for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s New York City program.


Holly Block, Dagoberto Rodriguez, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Marco Castillo, Cristina Garcia, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas


The evening kicked off with Laura Blanco, Chairwoman of the Board, announcing the creation of the museum’s new young patrons group Y@BxMa. “We have started to look to the future for our museum’s patronage and announcing tonight the formation of Y@BxMa, our young patrons committee,” Blanco told the audience.


Kristina Lopez, Alejandro Santana, Gabriel Santana Avila, David Schloss, Stacey Lyons, Adam Klein, Eric Blair-Joannou


The evening continued with a live auction led by Sotheby’s auctioneer, Gabriela Palmieri. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on works by José Parlá, Deborah Kass and Roy Lichtenstein via Paddle 8.


Guests in attendance included Holly Block, Arturo O’Farrill, José Parlá, Teresita Fernandez, Laura de Palma, Mike Bindra, Donald Rubin, Angela Godding, Helio Campos, Yaz Hernandez, and Franklin Yap.


Franklin Yap, Laura de Palma, Mike Bindra
Mike Bindra, Laura de Palma, Franklin Yap


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