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Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts

Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts
June 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018

March 07, 2017, San Francisco, CA – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to announce Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts, opening to the public on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Transforming the Museum of Craft and Design into an immersive architectural environment for six months, the exhibition will demonstrate a range of contemporary pavilion projects, through a site-specific full-scale installation, as well as through material samples, small-scale models and digital renderings.

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Archive of Creative Culture

Archive of Creative Culture
February 11, 2017 through June 04, 2017

San Francisco, CA, October 27, 2016 – San Francisco’s Dogpatch District will experience a special type of visitor this upcoming February 2017, when the Archive of Creative Culture, a pop-up exhibition, rolls into the Museum of Craft and Design.

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Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project

Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project – Social Practice and the Illegal Ivory Trade –
February 11 through June 04, 2017

October 27, 2016, San Francisco, CA – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project, organized by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). Through a moving installation of life-sized objects made from exotic woods and string, displayed alongside shrine-like forms made from steel and glass, the show makes a compelling case for the preservation of animals in the wild and specifically serves to illustrate the plight of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.

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FELT DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology

February 11, 2017 through June 04, 2017

October 27, 2016, San Francisco, CA – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, FELT DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology, opening to the public on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

From lacy wisps of wool to rock-like slabs, wool felt is a textile of extremes. “It is an extraordinary material with humble origins that has been an integral part of human life for millennia, yet few people understand the complexity of wool as a fiber, the felt-making process or felt’s diversity in form and function,” comments featured exhibition artist, Janice Arnold.

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Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process

August 20, 2016 through January 22, 2017

June 23, 2016, San Francisco, CA – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to announce the opening of Beyond the Pour II: The Creative Process on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Guest curated by artist Bob Nugent, Beyond the Pour II showcases original works of art with a focus on the creative methods artists engage to bring their inspirations to fruition.

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Marianne Lettieri: Reflections

August 20, 2016 through January 22, 2017

June 23, 2016, San Francisco, CA – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to announce Marianne Lettieri: Reflections, opening on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The exhibition presents Lettieri’s vintage and Victorian tools of domestic labor in new sculptural configurations, reinforcing the perpetual flux and interconnectedness of life and communities through time.

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Here are a few highlights of recent coverage:

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The Material You Should be Buying Right Now: Felt

The Felt DeCoded exhibit opens at the Museum of Craft & Design, and it’s sure to inspire.

The new “Felt DeCoded:Wool: Nature’s Technology” exhibition at the Museum of Craft & Design pays tribute to wool as a raw fiber and its many uses for making art, household items, and clothes (The Woolmark Company is an exhibition sponsor). The versatility of this material is on display in the work of visual artist Janice Arnold’s many new works including an installation called Cave of Memories, acoustic wall panels to a multi-layered felted coffee table and wool-and-mohair stool created in collaboration with TESC Furniture Studio. “I consider wool a miracle fiber,” says Arnold.
Read the full Domino article by Natasha Wolf here.

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Home Design Guide to Dogpatch’s flourishing design shops

Printed February 26th, updated March 1st. SF Chronicle by Jordan Kushins

“Situated on dockside flats in the shadow of Potrero Hill, the Dogpatch neighborhood has maintained a strong, almost defiant character amid San Francisco’s rapidly shifting cultural landscape — which is not to say that it isn’t evolving. Recent years have seen a boom in small, creative businesses that wedge themselves among the industrial warehouses and vintage cottages that survived the 1906 earthquake…” Read full article here.

 

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Chris Eckert’s ‘Mixed Messages’ Transforms News into Morse Code

February 10, 2017

“Many artists can identify with Chris Eckert, whose long hours in the studio making work and listening to public radio left him feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. “The topics are complex and nuanced without simple answers,” Eckert says. “I don’t pretend to have solutions for any of these issues, but I feel their weight.”

So Eckert decided to turn that sensory overload into artistic fodder. The kinetic sculptor’s piece Mixed Messages, made in collaboration with John Green and currently on view at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, reduces the signal of news to almost pure noise… Read full KQED article by Sarah Hotchkiss here.

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The Pull of Wool

NO 32: February / March- 2017
“GO AHEAD, YOU CAN TOUCH THAT—IT’S NATURALLY DURABLE, SO YOU CAN’T REALLY HURT IT,” says artist Janice Arnold. Standing at one end of a 40-foot table in her downtown Olympia, Washington, studio, the founder of JA Felt is running her nimble fingers along the undulating edges of a large handmade felt textile patterned with swirling foliage…Read full article by Rachel Gallaher here.

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Artist’s portrait of elephant killed by poachers brings attention to the cost of the ivory trade

Wendy Maruyama’s wildLIFE Project continues its US tour to San Francisco this month

The San Diego, California-based artist Wendy Maruyama is bringing attention to the plight of elephants and other animals slaughtered for their tusks with her recent work, the wildLIFE Project, now traveling across the United States. Maruyama was inspired to create the wildLIFE Project after meeting with wildlife advocates—and elephants—on a trip to Kenya. Read full article by Victoria Stapley-Brown of The Art Newspaper here.

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Weaving a Legacy

Arnold will again be the subject of an exhibition when FELT DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology opens at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco this February – a visual exploration of art and science that offers an intimate perspective of wool as nature’s own technology. “We are witnessing an increase in traditional handcrafts making a comeback in modern art,” says Stuart McCullough, the managing director of The Woolmark Company, the exhibition’s sponsor. “Natural, versatile, innovative and above all luxurious, wool and particularly felt continue to be used in modern ways whilst paying tribute to the fibre’s traditional roots.” Read full article here.

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