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MUSEUM OF CRAFT AND DESIGN WELCOMES ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TRACY BAYS-BOOTHE

Director Collaborations to Shape Museum’s Future

San Francisco, CA. July 2017 – The Museum of Craft and Design is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Bays-Boothe as the institution’s Associate Director. Bays-Boothe comes to San Francisco from Denton, Texas where she served as Director of the Greater Denton Arts Council since 2014. Prior to her tenure in Denton, where she led efforts to revitalize the nonprofit’s mission and brand, secure international exhibitions, and expand grant and education programs, Bays-Boothe spent a decade at the Dallas Museum of Art in the education department.

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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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MCDWendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project
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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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Here are a few highlights of recent coverage:

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A Day in San Francisco’s Dogpatch: What to Do, See & Eat

“A new exhibit opens this month at the Museum of Craft and Design, making it the perfect third stop on our morning-slash-afternoon in Dogpatch. See the new exhibit — highlighting digital and handmade architectural pavilions — then hit up the gift shop.” -Read full article by Ellie Eckert here.

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MCDA Day in San Francisco’s Dogpatch: What to Do, See & Eat
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‘Pavilions’ Offers a Primer on Structures Built for Pure Pleasure

“The pavilion is an architectural outlier. Traditionally a freestanding, temporary structure, it can provide utility or shelter, but more often than not its true purpose is pure spectacle. Imagine the architectural equivalent of statement jewelry. But Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts, now on view at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, pinpoints an ulterior, altogether invisible functionality for these unconventional structures: architects’ testing grounds…” Read full article by KQED Arts writer Sarah Hotchkiss here.

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In Review: San Francisco California

“In San Francisco, the heart of high tech, it is all about coding. Appropriately, Felt Decoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology deciphers the many facets of this fascinating fiber. The exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design explores every aspect, from the science of wool and age-old traditions to contemporary artistic and architectural uses.” –Read full Surface Design Journal article by Barbara Shapiro here.

 

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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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MCDHome Design Guide to Dogpatch’s flourishing design shops
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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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