Let’s Face It

Artists, designers, and creatives of all types and ages have been passionately responding to the current need to cover our faces. MCD is launching Let’s Face It, an international craft and design mask-making competition and community gallery. From the practical to the avant-garde, we are curious to see what you are creating and share it with

MCD’s Designing Change series focuses on the ability of creative individuals to inspire meaningful change for themselves and their communities. With all of the paradigm shifts and status quo disruptions of 2020, this year’s Designing Change moves away from a single-focus event and instead becomes an ongoing framework for designer, artist and changemaker profiles–allowing MCD

In Review “Linda Gass: and then this happened…”

Artist and environmental activist Linda Gass is concerned about “climate change at the intersection of water.” Her solo exhibition, titled and then this happened… at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) addresses issues of failing infrastructure, human interventions, and disasters that impact the Bay Area’s varied terrain and fragile watersheds. For Gass, textiles

MCD is temporarily closed

Updated Museum of Craft and Design’s COVID-19 NOTICE All of us at MCD are incredibly disappointed that the museum will temporarily close again due to new, purple tier restrictions for San Francisco. MCD will be open through today.  Beginning Sunday, November 29, we will revert to a strictly online presence until further notice. We will continue to offer you

Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

Our Earth – in terms of climate – is on the brink of no return. This precarious situation is clear for all to see. Extreme events continue to batter every corner of the planet, even those that were hitherto considered safe, protected places. From politicians to designers, by way of the young Greta Thunberg, so

Circular, Portable, Visionary, and Resilient: Survival Architecture

Climate Change is an issue that can no longer be escaped in our everyday lives as well as in our disciplines. On view at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco is an exhibition that addresses the matter at both of these levels. As the exhibition unravels, we can’t help but wonder how

Best of 2019

Wanxin Zhang @ Museum of Craft and Design. The artist’s life-sized figures fuse the ancient tradition of Asian ceramic sculpture (as seen in the terracotta soldiers excavated in 1974) with the subversive legacy of Northern California Funk. His art addresses age-old questions about whether enshrined ideals are sturdy enough to withstand present-day assaults.  A Story From Uncle

San Francisco Art Shows Reveal a Future

“…While Far Out gets us to contemplate interplanetary solutions to our earthbound problems, another San Francisco exhibition, Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience at the Museum of Craft and Design, asks us to rethink the foreseeable habitability of Earth (before we resort to living on Mars). Architects, designers, and artists address questions about shelter, food security,

Climate Change Told With Needle & Thread

It’s beautiful and horrifying at the same time. But Gass doesn’t mean it to be depressing. “I like to use a soft and comforting medium to engage people and to draw them in to this narrative that I’m telling them, that could be a little bit hard to take in. The point of my work

The Museum of Craft and Design Explores Design and Disaster

Survival takes on a whole new meaning at the Museum of Craft and Design’s new exhibit, “Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience.” The show explores the intersection of art, architecture, science, and technology to understand how to design and adapt our built environment with natural disasters in mind. Art Works for Change invited a