TheMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will host its 43rdannual Monte Carlo gala from 6:30 to 11:30 PM on Saturday, September 7, 2019. Themed “An Art Affair II,” the event will be held at the private Rancho Santa Fe home of devoted arts patrons and ARTnewstop 200 art collectors, Iris and Matthew Strauss.

This is the second year in a row that the couple has generously hosted the event, and the second year for Iris Strauss, Joan Jacobs, and Karen Cohn to serve as event co-chairs. Following last year’s successful event, which broke all of the Museum’s previous fundraising records, the trio is leading a committee of community philanthropists who will help execute this exciting evening. The co-chairs and committee hope to raise over $1 million in support of the Museum’s ambitious exhibition schedule and public programs.

Matt and Iris Strauss, who have been involved with the Museum since 1986, shared with Giving Back Magazine, “We are thrilled to host this legendary event at our home, and we want it to be the most successful Monte Carlo in the Museum’s history. We know what an impact it has on MCASD’s programs and exhibitions throughout the year.”

The over-the-top glamorous féte will include fine dining, live entertainment, charity gambling and contemporary art at every turn. The Strauss’s 21,000 square-foot estate, Rancho del Arte, is filled with hundreds of works by internationally recognized artists from the 1980s to the present, and gala attendees will have the opportunity to take curator-led tours of the collection during the event. “Monte Carlo is a celebration of contemporary art in every way – from the moment guests enter through the Strauss’ art-filled gallery, to the outdoor dining room featuring video art selected by MCASD’s curators,” said co-chair Karen Cohn. “It is a beautiful setting for a night of fine dining and dancing under the stars.” The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed by an al fresco dinner. Many artists whose work is included in the Museum’s permanent collection will be in attendance at the event.

All funds raised at Monte Carlo will provide vital support for the Museum’s operating expenses over the next year. This support is critical as MCASD is in the midst of a transformational expansion of its flagship La Jolla campus. Designed by New York City-based Selldorf Architects, the expansion will quadruple MCASD La Jolla’s current gallery space from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet, allowing the Museum to continually show works from its outstanding permanent collection in addition to temporary exhibitions. While work progresses in La Jolla, MCASD continues to offer a full schedule of programs, exhibitions, events, and outreach at its downtown location.

“MCASD is on the precipice of great transformation,” said co-chair Joan Jacobs. “It is an important time in the institution’s history, and that is why the co-chairs and I felt compelled to support again in this way. We are honored to contribute to the Museum’s success.”

Merrill Lynch is the lead sponsor of Monte Carlo: An Art Affair II. Additional sponsors include UC San Diego, Cooley LLC, Van Cleef & Arpels, South Coast Plaza and Oscar de la Renta. Tickets for the gala may be purchased at