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MCD Member Event: A Conversation with Gary Hutton

March 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Friday, March 19, 2021
12:00–1:00 PM PT
Online via Zoom | Registration is required

In celebration of the exhibition Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro, join the Museum of Craft and Design on Zoom for a virtual discussion with celebrated San Francisco designer Gary Hutton and MCD Curator Ariel Zaccheo.

In this virtual event, Gary Hutton will discuss his 40 years of designing, including three decades collaborating with artist Tom Bonauro on their annual holiday card project. These miniature, mailable sculptures, or “sculptures-in-a-box”, combine holiday tradition with craftsmanship and design, embodying the aesthetic and material sensibilities of both artist and designer. In Hutton’s words, “Sometimes confounding, sometimes perplexing and sometimes bewildering, the work we produced together reflects a pursuit of visual delight and a comment on the social zeitgeist of that moment. Always in search of a new material with which to convey a message, we ran the gamut from the artistic to the industrial to the mundane, but always with the intent of social comment through introspection.” In this hour-long discussion, attendees will enjoy a closer look at the works on view at MCD and learn about the inspiration and processes behind their making.

About Gary Hutton: Gary Hutton’s subversively beautiful modern work, and 40-year career, live at the intersection of interior design and fine art. Working with the formal rules of beauty and light he delivers projects with clarity, lushness, emotion and delight. Hutton is a son of California who is often referred to as the “dean of west coast design”.  Formally trained in studio arts and interior design, his small, artful practice creates relevant, trendsetting interiors coveted by tastemakers in many fields and by clients in search of curated living. Hutton lectures at museums, showrooms, and design venues internationally. He supports arts, design education, and other social causes actively. Highlights include co-chairing diffa’s 2011 Dining by Design. His office is replete with awards, recognition, and applause from the communities he serves with his altruism and talents.

This special virtual event is free for MCD members. If you are a member and did not receive a direct link to the Zoom registration page, please contact [email protected]

Not an MCD Member? Join today for free registration to all our virtual events! Non-members can also pay a $10 suggested fee or Pay What You Can by registering through Eventbrite. Your support helps us continue to offer virtual events like these. 

Can’t join us live? No problem! We will send a recording of the event to all registrants after the event. Guests are encouraged to send any questions for the panelists in advance to chump[email protected].

Please note: Once you have registered through Eventbrite, you will be asked to register again through Zoom. Upon approval of your registration, look for an email confirmation from us. It may get filtered into a separate folder or spam. The confirmation email will contain the event link and options for saving the event to your calendar. We will send reminder emails to registrants leading up to the event. If you have any questions or issues registering, please contact Christina Humphreys at [email protected]


March 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Museum of Craft and Design
2569 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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