Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Young patron’s fundraiser will provide vital support for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and Members of Avant Garde, the Museum’s group of art enthusiasts and creative young professionals, will present The Spring Thing: Modern Mutiny on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 1 AM at its downtown location at 1100 Kettner Blvd.

The anchoring artwork for the evening is Sailing at Sunset by LA-based artist Marnie Weber, who will be in attendance. The Spring Thing: Modern Mutiny pays homage to the rebellious spirit of contemporary art as exemplified in Weber’s work, saluting those who have made and broken the rules of what art is and can be. The Co-chairs of this year’s The Spring Thing, Touradj Barman and Sarah Kaplan, and Matt Hoyt and Allison Bell Hoyt, have crafted a thematic all-night event. Guests can expect an untraditional evening of fine dining, craft drinks, and a lineup of live music in an uninstalled MCASD Downtown where Sailing at Sunset is the only artwork on view. 

Modern Mutiny guests can arrive at 6:30 PM and stay for The Cocktail Hour and Dinner Party, or at 9:30 PM to attend only The Late Night Party portion of the event. During The Cocktail Hour, mutineers will mingle while enjoying crafted cocktails, blind beer tastings led by a certified cicerone, and DJ-spun music. The gallery seated dinner starts at 7:30 PM, and features rum and food pairings crafted by Malahat Spirits Co. Guests will sample fine rums and dine in a space that has been occupied by countless pieces of this century’s best artworks.

The Late Night Party guests will begin arriving after dinner and will enjoy a lineup of DJs and bands all night long; a bar stocked with Malahat Spirits Co. rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Stone Brewing Co.; treats including organic mac and cheese by Starlite, Nomad Donuts, Suja Juice, cold-brew coffee from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters; access to a hidden blackout lounge; and more surprises throughout the evening.

Tickets to The Spring Thing: Modern Mutiny are partially tax-deductible. Event proceeds will benefit education and exhibition programming at MCASD, where students of all ages explore contemporary art through lively conversations and hands-on experiences.

The Dinner Party tickets are $150 for MCASD Avant Garde Members ($35 tax-deductible), and $175 for Non-Avant Garde Members ($35 tax-deductible). Tickets for The Dinner Party grant access to The Late Night Party. The Late Night Party tickets are $50 for both Members and non-members ($15 tax deductible). This is a 21 and over event. Ticket purchase includes hosted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, The Late Night Party snacks, and more throughout the evening.

Tickets are now on sale. Purchase yours online at

All Modern Mutiny attendees will enjoy complimentary parking in One America Plaza, the underground parking structure across the street from the Museum, courtesy of The Irvine Company.

The Museum is very grateful to our partners for their generous support. This year’s partners include Tenfold Style, Irvine Company, Lawrance Furniture, Malahat Spirits Co., Stone Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Starlite, Nomad Donuts, Suja Juice, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, CORE Hydration, and San Diego Magazine.

About the Chairs
Touradj Barman is the founder of Roovy, a San Diego startup that enables creative individuals and organizations to showcase and socialize around their work and skills. Believing that the user experience is key to any technology’s ability to engage, benefit, and delight its audience, he took the helm of designing Roovy’s user interface. The visual and experiential creativity led him to deeper explorations and involvement in San Diego’s art scene. In addition to attending as many MCASD events as he can, he also enjoys meeting and collecting from our city’s emerging artists. Touradj is also on the Board of the MIT Club of San Diego, an organization that aims to connect the local community through science and technology-focused educational and charitable events.

Allison Bell Hoyt is a visual artist born and raised in San Diego. In 2002, she helped co-found the developmentally based, child-centered San Diego Cooperative Charter School, where she is currently the lead art teacher for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Allison is primarily a painter and a ceramicist, but enjoys all things creative. She believes that every person is capable of making great art—they only need a bit of help finding the artist within.

Matt Hoyt is a San Diego entrepreneur and filmmaker. He co-owns local bar and restaurant Starlite, and advises in all aspects of commercial real estate. As a filmmaker, Hoyt works as a director, writer, producer, actor, and musician. His award-winning work has been featured on, PBS’s Emmy Award winning series “The Short List,” as well as film festivals throughout the U.S. Hoyt has an M.A. in Film and Television from San Diego State University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. While in the Bay Area, he worked as the assistant literary manager at San Francisco’s historical Magic Theatre for two seasons. Matt Hoyt debuted an early version of the multimedia project Antartic…huh? along with local artist Jason Sherry in MCASD’s Here, Not There exhibition. 

Sarah Kaplan is a Designer at with-IN Design in San Diego, where she specializes in the interior design of residential and model homes for some of California’s largest builders. Sarah has always had a connection to interior spaces and how they have the ability to change the way a person feels and thinks depending on what’s surrounding them. That feeling of “wow” when seeing something new and intriguing is what inspires her the most. For Sarah, trying to achieve this is her art. An avid follower of the arts, she continues to enjoy meeting new artists and patrons and contributing to San Diego’s growing art community.

Please contact Communications and Marketing Manager Leah Straub or Communications Associate Patricia B. Dwyer for interviews or images of past The Spring Thing events, and for more information about this year’s Co-Chairs and donors.

About Avant Garde
Avant Garde is MCASD’s special interest group for 30 to 40-something art enthusiasts and creative professionals to network with artists, curators, collectors, and their peers. Members enjoy behind-the-scenes access to MCASD and a range of social and philanthropic events throughout the San Diego arts community such as social meet-ups, private collection tours, studio visits, and more.


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Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.