Art in Preview

| September 17, 2014 | Parties

The Party
Phoenix Art Museum hosted a members-only soiree in advance of the public opening of Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona—the first Berni exhibition organized by a U.S. museum in nearly 50 years. The Argentinian artist, who lived from 1905 to 1981, was best known throughout Latin America for his innovative realist style, shedding light on the realities and struggles of his country’s working class during the 1960s and ’70s.

The People
Museum Director James K. Ballinger and Linda Ballinger, Ines Berni, Dr. Mari Carmen Ramírez, Lisa Pagel, Ron Miller, Amir Saebi, Louis and Gail Adler, Michael Wellen, Tess Loo

The Scene
Guests enjoyed a printmaking overview by Curatorial Assistant of Latin American Art Gabriela Munoz, introductory remarks by Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art Dr. Vanessa Davidson, and Spanish music and DJ-spun beats. The crowd meandered through the Steele Gallery, admiring the more than 100 colorful and eclectic works—most notably Berni’s iconic series of assemblage sculptures, which chronicle the tales of fictional characters Juanito and Ramona. Cocktails with a side of Latin American art history? Sí, por favor! –Photos by Haute Photography


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