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MOCA Gala 2023

Saturday, April 15, 2023
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

With more than 1,100 patrons, artists, and entertainment figures in attendance between the Gala and Gala Dance Party, the evening celebrated the opening of Carl Craig: Party/After-Party at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and the final weeks of the landmark exhibition Henry Taylor: B Side at MOCA Grand Avenue. Guests enjoyed a special performance by 2023 Grammy award winner for Best New Artist Samara Joy during the seated dinner. Presented by Tiffany & Co., the evening raised over $2.7 million for the museum’s renowned exhibitions, programs, and education initiatives.

Moments from the 2023 MOCA Gala

Keanu Reeves, Alexandra Grant, Moodymann, Traci Washington, and Carl Craig at the 2023 MOCA Gala dinner. Photography by Owen Kolasinski/

Henry Taylor and Carl Craig. Photography by Stefanie Keenan.

Trustee Terri Smooke, Board President Carolyn Clark Powers, The Maurice Marciano Director Johanna Burton, and Board Chair Maria Seferian. Photography by Zack Whitford/

Gala Host Committee
Karyn Kohl
Maurice Marciano
Mary Klaus Martin and David Martin
Carolyn Clark Powers
Maria Seferian
Terri and Michael Smooke
Tiffany & Co.

The Broad Art Foundation
Hauser & Wirth
Wonmi Kwon and Nancy Kwon Merrihew
Eugenio Lopez
Catharine and Jeffrey Soros
Pamela West and Collin Bernsen

Blum & Poe
Christie's Art Finance
Kathi and Gary Cypres
David Kordansky Gallery
Tim Disney
Jennifer Hawks Djawadi and Ramin Djawadi*
East West Bank
Anat Ebgi
Mandy and Cliff Einstein
Susan and David Gersh
Ghebaly Gallery
Giorgio Armani Corporation
Shari and Ed Glazer*
Agnes Gund*
Karen Hillenburg
Suzanne and David Johnson*
Lisson Gallery
Matthew Marks Gallery
Lauren and Adam Nathanson*
Night Gallery
Laurent and Corinne Opman*
James Park
Heather Podesta and Stephen Kessler
Dallas Price - Van Breda and Bob Van Breda
Regen Projects
Saks Fifth Avenue
Pete and Michelle Scantland
Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
Jamie and Robert Soros*
Tom and Janet Unterman*
Various Small Fires (VSF)
Christopher Walker
Regina and Gregory Annenberg Weingarten*
Orna and Keenan Wolens
Vida Yaghmai and Kourosh Gohar
David Zwirner

Judith E. Angerman
The Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation
Brad and Nicole Brooks
Martin L. Cohen M.D. and Sharleen Cooper Cohen
NJ Falk and Mark Goldston
Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard
Joseph and Deborah Mannis
Linda May and Jack Suzar
Ali Razi and Shelley Reid
Tiara and Alan Salzman
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
James Upsher and Natasha Dye
Susanne Vielmetter
Hope Warschaw

*Artist table sponsors

Current as of 4/15/2023

2nd Annual Gala Dance Party

Saturday, April 15, 2023
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

The 2nd Annual Gala Dance Party, a fundraising celebration that followed the MOCA Gala, featured lively sets by DJ Mirko Loko in addition to special appearances on the turntables by Carl Craig and Detroit Deep House legend Moodymann. Guests enjoyed food, drink, and a first look at the new exhibition Carl Craig: Party/After-Party.

Carl Craig and Mirko Loko Deejaying at the 2nd Annual MOCA Gala Dance Party. Photography by Zack Whitford/

MOCA Gala 2023 Press Highlights

Los Angeles Times by Steven Vargas

The Hollywood Reporter by Degen Pener

W Magazine by Jocelyn Silver

Town & Country


Surface Magazine by Jenna Adrian-Diaz

FLAUNT Magazine by Liam Kozak

Angeleno by Haley Bosselman

C Magazine by Elizabeth Varnell