Monday, Jul 10, 2017 - 9:59 am

San Diego, CA—On July 29, 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)’s annual benefit night will take on new life within the urban setting of the Jacobs Building at MCASD Downtown, located at 1100 Kettner Blvd.

The Museum’s 41st annual gala, themed “POP Factory,” will take place from 6 PM to 12:30 AM. The annual fundraiser garners significant support for the Museum’s ambitious exhibition schedule and public programs.

Various ticket options allow guests to attend the entire evening or the After Party only. Tickets for the entire evening may be purchased at one of three levels named after Andy Warhol’s famed “Superstars”—Candy Darling ($650 per person), Ultra Violet ($1250 per person), and Penny Arcade ($2500 per person).

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM in the expansive Farrell Gallery. Dinner guests will be treated to a classic Americana-style farm-to-table, family style feast courtesy of MIHO Catering Co. Local flavors and ingredients will be complimented by creative craft cocktails provided by Barcon Cocktail Co., the masterminds behind Sycamore Den in Normal Heights.

The After Party begins at 9 PM and is a separate ticketed event. After Party tickets start at $100 and those who purchase their After Party tickets by July 21 receive a free museum membership valid from September 17 through December 31, 2017. As a perk of their Membership, current MCASD Members receive discounted admission to the After Party.

After Party guests will be hosted all night to Factory Party-themed cocktails, including the Rum Stick, Wolf Ticket, and Ms. Monroe. Pop Pie Co. will provide sweet and savory mini-pie treats and a Velvet Underground-inspired rock band will play legendary hits of the era. A classic Warhol screen test station will invite guests to sit for a photo, and a collection of DJs curated by A Ship In The Woods will set the backdrop for a night of dancing.

MCASD’s galleries will be deinstalled of artwork to make way for this transformational evening, with one exception—the Museum’s iconic Warhol soup can prints will be on display for the evening.

For interviews and high-resolution images, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub.  For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit www.mcasd.org/POPfactory.

POP Factory sponsors include Van Cleef & Arpels, Cooley, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek: A Law Corporation, Schubach Aviation, Lofta Sleep Elevated, O’Gara La Jolla, Tenfold, San Diego Magazine, and Carbonadi Italia.

About POP Factory

MCASD’s annual gala is a San Diego tradition and one of the most popular social events in the region. Serving as the Museum’s primary annual fundraiser, the event has raised more than $5 million in the last 15 years in support of the Museum’s ambitious exhibition schedule and public programs.

About the Chairs

This year’s Gala Chairs are Jay and Jennifer Levitt. The Levitts have been involved with the Museum since 1998 and are particularly committed to engaging the next generation of MCASD supporters and ambassadors. Jay currently serves on the MCASD Board of Trustees and is an active member of the organization’s Development Committee. They both joined MCASD’s former membership group, stART Up! in 1998, and became part of Contemporary Collectors group in 2013.



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. Kathryn Kanjo 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.