El Museo Gala 2016: A Night of Art and Fashion with Latin Flavor

El Museo Gala 2016: A Night of Art and Fashion with Latin Flavor

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Joey Arias, Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo, Peter Marino, Debi Mazar. Photo by BFA/Cart Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Joey Arias, Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo, Peter Marino, Debi Mazar. Photo by BFA/Cart Timpone.

We are currently in the midst of the art gala season sweeping New York City, but no event has shone brighter than the annual El Museo Gala which was held at The Plaza Hotel on May 12, 2016. El Museo del Barrio, an institution historically known for celebrating and representing art from the Latin American disapora, honored three individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the arts, while also setting the stage for their upcoming exhibit 'Future, Funk, Fashion', showcasing the stellar career of the late Puerto-Rican fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Jean Shafiroff. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone. 

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Jean Shafiroff. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone. 

The honorees of this stylish occasion included James Gager of MAC Cosmetics and artist/designer duo Ruben and Isabel Toledo, who were feted with El Museo's Corporate Excellence in the Arts Award and Excellence in the Arts Award, respectively. Former supermodel Pat Cleveland (and one of Antonio's Girls) who presented Gager with the accolade, also expressed her gratitude for Lopez having launched her career over four decades ago. Actress Debi Mazar introduced  her longtime friends the Toledos and bestowed them with their well-deserved win.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Debi Mazar. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone. 

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Debi Mazar. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone. 

The starry evening which entailed a cocktail reception and dinner was capped off by an invigorating performance by the legendary House of Xtravaganza, the mostly Latino and activist-driven voguing collective. A heady '80s, disco-infused, and utterly chic afterparty ( the first ever for the museum) ensued afterwards. The event's theme drew upon Lopez' vibrant visual aesthetic and featured Studio 54 dance music direct from his private collection.  All of the action was artfully documented by Maria Brito, an art and design influencer who took over the museum's Instagram account that day. Truly a night of art and style where artists, curators, philanthropists, celebrities, and creatives bonded for the greater good of Latin American art. 

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo, Narciso Rodriguez. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone. 

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo, Narciso Rodriguez. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone. 

Notable guests included: museum benefactor Tony Bechara, fashion designers Narciso Rodriguez ( also a gala co-chair), Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Angel Sanchez, Maria Cornejo, shoe designer Edmundo Castillo, architect Peter Marino, performance artist Joey Arias, artists Angel Otero, Ike Ude, Andres Serrano, Teresita Fernandez, photographer Edward Mapplethorpe, actress Debi Mazar, gallerist Suzanne Geiss, fashion publicists and authors Roger and Mauricio Padilha, fashion editor Candy Pratts-Price, nightlife entrepreneur Omar Hernandez, Maxim publisher Dan Ragone, and many others.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.   Pat Cleveland and James Gager. Photo by BFA/Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.   Pat Cleveland and James Gager. Photo by BFA/Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Maria Eugenia Maury and Ike Ude. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Maria Eugenia Maury and Ike Ude. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Angel Otero, Alexander Arrechea, Maria Brito, Bosco Sodi.  Photo by BFA/Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Angel Otero, Alexander Arrechea, Maria Brito, Bosco Sodi.  Photo by BFA/Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.   Angel Otero and Omar Hernandez. Photo by BFA/Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.   Angel Otero and Omar Hernandez. Photo by BFA/Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Jorge Daniel Veneciano and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Jorge Daniel Veneciano and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Kosh McLaughlin, Roger Padilha, Kyle Farmery, Mauricio Padilha, James Gager. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Kosh McLaughlin, Roger Padilha, Kyle Farmery, Mauricio Padilha, James Gager. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Dancers from the House of Xtravaganza. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Dancers from the House of Xtravaganza. Photo by BFA/Carl Timpone.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.   Dancers from the House of Xtravaganza. Photo by BFA/ Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.   Dancers from the House of Xtravaganza. Photo by BFA/ Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Maria Eugenia Maury nd Tony Bechara.  Photo by BFA/ Zach Hilty.

El Museo del Barrio's Gala honoring Ruben & Isabel Toledo and MAC Cosmetics, celebrating Antonio Lopez.  Maria Eugenia Maury nd Tony Bechara.  Photo by BFA/ Zach Hilty.

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