The U.S. publication of “Gustavo Cisneros: Pioneer” was celebrated at a reception for 400 of Gustavo’s fans and friends in the dramatic Atrium of the Museum of Modern Art hosted by such worthies as Gustavo’s beautiful wife Patty Phelps de Cisneros; Glenn Lowry, the museum’s director; Richard Parsons of Time Warner, and Barbara Walters, who spoke, from the podium, of Gustavo’s tremendous business acumen, his great entrepreneurial flair and his vast philanthropies, singing his praises in all keys.
The museum’s fourth and fifth floor galleries were opened especially for the Cisneros’ guests during the party, where the marvelous new paintings and sculpture installations were on display, including a number of works by Latin American artists that Patty, an ardent supporter of cultural initiatives in Venezuela and other countries, recently donated to the museum. (Fuentes calls Patty Gustavo’s “magnificent ally”).
The Cisneros’ three children, Guillermo (with his wife Adriana); Carolina (and her husband Alberto), and Adriana (another Adriana, with her fiancé, the writer Nicholas Griffin) were all there to honor their father. Among the multitudes doing the same were David Rockefeller Sr. and Jr. versions; Robert Hughes, the internationally known art critic; Dr. Valentin Fuster, the famous cardiologist; Lauren and John Veronis; Terry Riley, the chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA; Mary and Tom Lentz, the director of the Harvard University Art Museums; John Richardson, the art historian; Emily Rafferty, the new president of the Metropolitan Museum; Susan (Mrs. Glenn) Lowry; Paula and Dr. Leon Root; Donald Marron; Judith Miller and Jason Epstein; Cesar Trujillo, the former president of Colombia; Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar; Pablo Bachelet; Mercedes and Sid Bass; Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who took the photograph of Gustavo on the book’s cover; Mica and Ahmet Ertegun; the Lee Bollingers (he is the president of Columbia University); William F. Buckley Jr.; Pierre Demand; Leonard Lauder; Richard Meier; the one and only Dr. Rees Pritchett and Mrs. Pritchett; Prof. Safwan M. Masri, the vice dean of Columbia Business School; Wendy and Bill Luers, and Moises Kaufman, the Venezuelan playwright and more, more, more.
Bravo, Gustavo! Brava, Patty! Two people of whom it can be said, “They make a difference.”