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    Announcing the West Coast debut and the last exhibition stop for Design by Time

    San Francisco, CA (November 12, 2020) – The Museum of Craft and Design presents Design by Time, opening January 23 through April 25, 2021. Organized by Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared, Design by Time explores how the dynamic passage of time can be embodied within design objects. The exhibition places the work of 22 international designers and collaboratives into three categories: Time PerformedTime as Creator, and Time Visualized. The work portrays time’s effect on a diverse array of materials and processes, resulting in textiles, fashion, furniture, vessels, and more. 

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    MCDAnnouncing the West Coast debut and the last exhibition stop for Design by Time
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    MOTO MMXX

    The Museum of Craft and Design showcases cutting-edge, custom motorcycles from around the globe

    The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) presents MOTO MMXX, opening August 22 and on view through January 3, 2020. Originally slated to open in May of 2020, MOTO MMXX was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MCD is implementing strict protective measures, including sanitation stations and directional signage to safely welcome visitors to view MOTO MMXX once the state mandate is lifted. Masks will be required by everyone, including children over two years old, to enter the museum. A virtual 360º recording of the exhibition is be available at sfmcd.org. MOTO MMXX is a cutting-edge custom motorcycle exhibition showcasing innovative, international builders, such as Jens vom Brauck (Germany), Jack Watkins (Poland), Jay Wen (United Kingdom), and Kurosu Kaichiroh (Japan); as well as photos, sketches, and renderings that reveal the creative process behind these unique builds.

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    Design by Distance

    An online exhibition showcasing how designers from around
    the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    San Francisco, CA (June 8, 2020) –The Museum of Craft and Design presents Design by Distance, a virtual exhibition available to the public online through December 31, 2020. This exhibition showcases how designers from around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through the development of objects, garments, accessories, and space planning. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared, Design by Distance highlights designers who are proposing new forms. These proposals, some meant for production, others speculative, offer commentary on the range of needs and emotions elicited by facing a pandemic. Humor and satire, albeit of a gallows sort, results in masks, emoji sets, and mechanisms for maintaining social distance, a term that has become part of a collective cultural zeitgeist nearly overnight.

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    Explore the Invisible Word of Design with Roman Mars on November 14

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    San Francisco, CA (October 1, 2019) – The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is pleased to announce the special event Designing Change: An Evening with Roman Mars on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

    With over 360 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular design podcasts in the world. MCD welcomes host and creator Roman Mars to Minnesota Street Project for a live multimedia presentation examining unnoticed design that shapes our world. Following the presentation, there will be a private reception and meet and greet with Mars at the Museum of Craft and Design.

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    MCDExplore the Invisible Word of Design with Roman Mars on November 14
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    MCD Announces New Exhibitions Exploring Issues of Climate Change in the Bay Area and Beyond

    December 19, 2019–May 3, 2020
    Press Preview | Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    [San Francisco, September 10, 2019] This winter, the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) will present two new, dynamic exhibitions exploring the ways that creative individuals are addressing issues of climate change. Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience is a timely exhibition showcasing visionary architects and artists who have created artistically interpretive solutions and prototypes for emergency shelters in a climate-constrained world. Concurrently, the exhibition Linda Gass: and then this happened… will examine the human-made and natural water infrastructure affecting the greater Bay Area, considering present and future challenges with respect to climate change.

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    MCDMCD Announces New Exhibitions Exploring Issues of Climate Change in the Bay Area and Beyond
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    October 10–November 8, 2019

    San Francisco, June 26, 2019: On the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus school’s opening in Weimar, Germany, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) and the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) are pleased to present bauhaus.photo, a traveling exhibition, developed by the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin, in partnership the Goethe Institut San Francisco. bauhaus.photo presents 100 key works from the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus photography, which is comprised of more than 70,000 images. 

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    Speed Read with BIKE EXIF

    THE MOTO SCENE is sizzling this week, with Triumph launching its new Trident middleweight, news of a major custom exhibition in San Francisco, and Revival Cycles releasing a very sharp custom Husqvarna Svartpilen 401. And Germany’s Hookie Co have just shown how to tweak the Bonneville T100 without breaking the bank. Read the full article on BIKE EXIF here.

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    A New Exhibit Of Outrageous Custom Motorcycles Reveals The Problem With Big Manufacturers Like Harley-Davidson

    The FrankenBlast is one of more than a dozen custom motorcycles currently on view at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, and also presented virtually, in a new exhibition dubbed MOTO MMXX. Together they reveal a global phenomenon that is as stylistically varied as it is unified in the conviction that the position of every tube and bolt should be a matter of personal choice. Read the full article by Jonathon Keats on Forbes here.

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    MCDA New Exhibit Of Outrageous Custom Motorcycles Reveals The Problem With Big Manufacturers Like Harley-Davidson
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    A New Online Exhibit Shows How Architects And Designers Are Confronting COVID-19 – With Outmoded Ideas And Products Nobody Needs

    Back in the days when COVID-19 was still an epidemic centered in the Hubei province of China, a Chinese architect named Sun Dayong posted some computer-generated graphics on Instagram showing a man wearing a carbon composite shield nearly as big as a bathtub. According to the caption, the apparatus was “a wearable space device that can effectively isolate us outdoors to ensure safety”, which Sun created using “the bionic design principle, taking bats as the prototype”. Sun chose bats because they might be the carriers of the novel coronavirus, and might therefore know a thing or two about how to survive it. He called his invention Be a Bat Man. In case anyone missed the superhero allusion, the back of his suit mimicked Batman’s iconic wings. – Read the full article by Jonathon Keats’ on Forbes.

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    MCDA New Online Exhibit Shows How Architects And Designers Are Confronting COVID-19 – With Outmoded Ideas And Products Nobody Needs
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    Got a Creative Mask Idea? You Could Win $500 in a Mask-Making Competition

    “Our foreseeable future is a masked one. Already, I recite a new mantra when I leave my home, lest I forget one of four essential items: “Keys, wallet, phone, mask.”

    The initial rush to produce as many simple-but-effective face coverings as possible (most notably, to address personal protective equipment shortfalls for front-line workers and medical personnel) was necessary and generous. But as panic subsides into a baseline of healthy, responsible caution, there’s more room for creativity. Yes, we wish we didn’t have to wear them, but it’s time to embrace masks as an expression of personal fashion.” Check out the full article on MCD’s Let’s Face It mask design competition by Sarah Hotchkiss at KQED Arts here.

    Above image: A perforated leather and hand-dyed cotton mask made by artist Lauren McKeon. (Courtesy the artist)

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    MCDGot a Creative Mask Idea? You Could Win $500 in a Mask-Making Competition
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    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 are a way to use “soft material to talk about hard issues.” Read Leora Lutz’s full review in the Spring 2020 Interwoven: Collaboration issue of Surface Design Journal.

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    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 many people and organisations are trying to come up with different measures in a bid to combat these phenomena. Read the full article in Salone del Mobile.Milano here.

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    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 these experiments can become starting points to explore the problem at a much larger scale while still retaining their portable, accessible, and resilient natures. Read the full Ness Magazine article here.

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    MCDCircular, Portable, Visionary, and Resilient: Survival Architecture
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    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 Tom (2017), a multi-breasted figure of a black Lady Liberty, for example, seems ready to suckle all of humanity – until you see that her torch has been severed and knocked to the ground, while several clusters of graffiti-covered ceramic bricks asks whether any structure, here or anyplace else, can contain the tide of human migration.  Read all of Square Cylinder’s Best of 2019 here.

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    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, and access to safe water—and the creative solutions required in a world afflicted by natural disasters and climate change.” Read Jessica Zacks full article in Alta here.

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    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 is to give people hope. We do have a lot of power as humans over our choices.” Climate change is hard to get your head around. So much data. So much hopelessness. The textile interpretation makes it a little bit easier to take in the enormity of what’s at stake. Read and listen to

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    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 handful of architects and artists to design solutions for emergency shelters in a climate-constrained, disaster-prone world. The exhibition will be on display from December 19 through May 3, 2020. Read ‘s full article online at Architectural Digest here.

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    “Interior/Exterior” Is the Design Exhibit Your Instagram Feed is Craving

    For Bay Area residents looking to do some gallery hopping this fall, a trip to “Interior/Exterior” at the Museum of Craft and Design may be in order. “Interior/Exterior” features various structures, sculptures, and objects that explore the intersection of the two boundaries. Curated by Ariel Zaccheo, the show features eye-popping and site-specific works created by Julie Alpert, Benjamin Armas and Ori Carino, Macon Reed, Kathy Sirico, and Kaori Yamashita. The vivid colors and unique textures of each piece are perfect fodder for Instagram, and San Francisco residents have been wandering through the show with their phones at the ready. Here’s a look inside the show, which closes on December 1. See full Architectural Digest article by Timothy Latterner here.

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    Climate change in the Bay Area is focus of two new exhibitions

    The Museum of Craft and Design has two new compelling exhibitions dealing with the ways in which individuals are addressing climate change.

    “Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience” features ambitious work from artists and architects creating adaptations to a world that will be increasingly in need of emergency shelters in a climate-constrained world. The concurrent exhibition “Linda Gass: and then this happened …” draws attention to the natural water infrastructure in the greater Bay Area. Read full article by Sharon Anderson in the Marina Times here.

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    Celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus at these two new exhibits

    This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the first Bauhaus school opening in Weimar, Germany. Bauhaus—from 1919 to 1933—brought together arts, crafts, and industry with a focus on aesthetics and objects. Though it lasted only a few years, it forever changed design.

    Today’s architecture has Bauhaus roots (e.g., white, curves, glass corner), which can be seen in many contemporary buildings, especially those of the Silicon Valley variety. And you can still purchase Bauhaus items like a Junghans wristwatch (with its evocative number “4”) by industrial designer Max Bill; Alessi’s series of ashtrays, like this one designed by Marianne Brandt; or Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel Wassily Chair. Read Brock Keeling’s full article on Curbed here.

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    What Is The Ultimate Machined Object? A New Exhibit Of Ingenious Devices Shows How Innovation Works

    “It is a bit frightening to know that just before the fall of their great civilization the ancient Greeks had come so close to our age, not only in their thought, but also in their scientific technology,” wrote the science historian Derek J. de Solla Price in the June 1959 issue of Scientific American. The source of Price’s awe and anxiety was a peculiar 2,000-year-old device known as the Antikythera mechanism. With more than twenty high-precision brass gears, the ancient computer showed the positions of the known planets on any given date. There were also dials forecasting future eclipses as well as the timing of upcoming Olympics. Read the full article by Jonathon Keats in Forbes.

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    MCDWhat Is The Ultimate Machined Object? A New Exhibit Of Ingenious Devices Shows How Innovation Works
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    Photographic Creativity: 100 Years of Bauhaus

    In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus movement in Germany, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) and the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) present bauhaus.photo, a catalogue of life at the Bauhaus, portrait, architectural, and product photography.The exhibition charts the various ways the Bauhaus helped lead the development of contemporary avant-garde photography; from Surrealism and Dadaism to the New Vision and New Objectivity. Read the full article on SF Station here.

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    Shotgun Review “Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition”

    Al Farrow’s exhibition, Divine Ammunition at the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, was a topical, heady series of twenty-four sculptures of cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, religious objects, and reliquaries. Created with gun parts, bullet casings, lead shot, and bones, Farrow’s sculptural replicas of religious edifices are a meditation on the poignant relationship between worship and violence that is endemic to religious traditions. Read Terri Cohn’s full review in Art Practical.

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    Wanxin Zhang @ Museum of Craft and Design

    Each of Wanxin Zhang’s ceramic sculptures give the viewer something old and something new, reminding us of Jasper Johns’ famous injunction “take a thing, do something to it, do something else to it.” But here, the thing in question is the ancient tradition of Asian ceramic sculpture, and the doing something lies in his treatment of those traditions with additional elaborations derived from other sources, most obviously the long legacy of Northern California ceramic sculpture reaching back to the 1960s.  At first glance, their forms seem familiar, but we soon discover subtle mischief, oftentimes located in several distinct layers of visibility. Read Mark Van Proyen’s full article on Square Cylinder.

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    Wanxin Zhang shares ‘Long Journey’ at Museum of Craft and Design

    “Zhang may be a descendant of such masters of monumental ceramic sculpture as Shaw, Viola Frey, Peter Voulkos and, above all, Robert Arneson, but he is a worthy heir. Like them, his skills are so extraordinary he can confidently violate every rule, turning that technical irreverence to humorous, polemical and artistic effect. Having come to the U.S. from China in his 30s as an already accomplished artist, he adds his own unique twist.” Read Charles Desmarais full article in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook here.

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    MCDWanxin Zhang shares ‘Long Journey’ at Museum of Craft and Design
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    Sculptor Wanxin Zhang pushes clay’s boundaries

    Inspired by the late Robert Arneson and his friend Ai Weiwei, internationally celebrated and exhibited Bay Area sculptor Wanxin Zhang is a truly creative force. But the artist, the subject of an exhibition at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma through April 7 and “Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey,” opening Saturday at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, didn’t find success overnight.
    Read the full article by Jackie Lee in the SF Examiner here.

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    Houses of the Holy: Al Farrow’s Sculptural Provocations

    As a symbol of power, the White House has been a site of protest from almost the time it was rebuilt in the early 19th century. Anyone who has witnessed or participated in the yelling and sign-waving that takes place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — especially in the Donald Trump era — will testify to the cacophony of sound and noise directed at the neoclassical building.

    What Al Farrow has constructed is a kind of silent protest. But because it’s an Al Farrow work, The White House is both a resounding sculptural feat and a resounding cultural commentary. Farrow’s White House isn’t white. It’s a de-scaled replica weighing almost a ton that’s coated in a color that — let’s put this kindly — resembles that of a lightly colored bowel movement. In other words, shit. The White House doesn’t advertise its color scheme on any accompanying text. It doesn’t have to; art-goers who visit Farrow’s new sculpture and exhibit at the Museum of Craft and Design can make that connection for themselves. Maybe they won’t see fecal matter. Maybe they’ll see layers of pollution. Or soot. Or the color of corruption. But one thing that Farrow hopes they see is a building stained by both major political parties, not just the current occupant’s. Read Jonathan Curiel’s full article in SF Weekly here.

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    Al Farrow @ Museum of Craft and Design

    It’s not possible to walk into Al Farrow’s Divine Ammunition without feeling both awe and soul-deep dismay.  Farrow’s somber, menacing vision is ideally suited to the fear, horror, and moral dissolution that seems to permeate  contemporary life. The hatred that religions can breed is the blood-soaked ground upon which Farrow constructs models of mosques, synagogues, cathedrals, and reliquaries using munitions—a perversely incongruous counterpoint to the gospel of peace, love and tolerance we hear coming from pulpits. Read the full article on Square Cylinder by Julia Couzens.

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    Dominic Di Mare @ Museum of Craft and Design

    Anchors in Time is an exquisite jewel box of a show: a single large room containing selections from five decades of Dominic Di Mare’s long and extraordinarily productive career. This presentation of 35 works in multiple mediums offers a rare opportunity to see how a visual language of personal references connects different stages of a long career. Di Mare’s sculptures, made from knotted linen thread, wood, beads, clay, paper and horsehair, predominate. But there are also surreal watercolor self-portraits, intricately cut artist’s books and re-interpretations of Old Master paintings that are simultaneously visionary and schematic… Read more.

    Article by Maria Porges for Square Cylinder

     

     

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    THE VISIBLE INVISIBLE: A RUFFLED LOOK AT UNITED STATES HISTORY

    Known colloquially as “green-screen,” chroma key compositing is a “technical term in video and television for placing a person or an object against a uniform background, onto which any given situation can subsequently be (realistically) superimposed.” Using post-production technology, this
    uniform “green-screen” background can be replaced, overlaid or projected onto. Oddly, the intensity of chroma key green is necessary in order to render superimpositions with the proper density of information. The color’s visibility is paradoxically necessary in order for it to remain invisible. Stephanie
    Syjuco’s most recent project, tentatively titled The Visible Invisible, foregrounds this vivid shade within the rubric of historical garments. Fashioning iconic American dresses out of chroma key fabric, the artist examines how our historical narrative has rendered certain populations invisible, both literally and metaphorically…

    Read more at Visible Invisible-Zaccheo

    Article by Ariel Zaccheo for the Surface Design Journal’s Summer 2018 issue.

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    Raw Design: Material Matter(s)

    Shiny bulbous columns and spheres are presented alongside jagged mineral-like structures and rocky reconstructions. It seems to be a futuristic stone-age, where the uncannily natural sit alongside the synthetic in an exploration of unapologetic materiality. Read full article by Lara Chapman here.

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    Tom Loeser Forges Whimsical Furniture From Gardening Tools

    “Tom Loeser comes from a family of unicyclists—an unconventionality apparent in his work, which turns traditional furniture on its head. As seen in “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please,” at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design through May 20, Dig 23 repurposes old tool handles as the backrest for a bench in spalted maple, and the Folding Chairs series transforms seating into wall art in a twist on Shaker style. Loeser calls the pieces ‘functional and dysfunctional’.” – Read the full article here by Zoe Kaplan in Interior Design Magazine.

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    5 Fun Things To Do For $31 Or Less In San Francisco This Weekend

    “Compared to the likes of the SFMOMA and the de Young, the Museum of Craft and Design in the Dogpatch is an undersung local spot for art enthusiasts. Current exhibits include Tom Loeser’s “Please Please Please,” a showcase of unconventional furniture like chests that swivel and slide, rocking chairs for two, and rotary-action benches.” Read the full article on Hoodline here.

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    Furniture and Objects Design: Please, Please, Please by Tom Loeser

    El artísta Tom Loeser estará presentando en el Museo de Artesanía y Diseño su exposición inaugural de 2018, Tom Loeser: Please Please Please, en asociación con el Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, y una instalación complementaria específica del sitio realizada por el colectivo artístico galardonado en SFMOMA SECA 2017t.w.five. Read full article here.

     

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    Where to explore the best of tech and science in San Francisco

    Under radar even for many locals, the Museum of Craft and Design is a small museum with a big science-y and architectural bent. To be fair, the 13-year-old institution only moved to the Dogpatch neighborhood in 2013. Since then, it’s packed into a single (albeit spacious) room curious exhibits like an interactive “sewer portrait” that invites museumgoers to “compose” music by pumping water into a drainpipe installation; or a wool experience spanning everything from microscopic fiber imaging to a visual explanation of the felt-making process to creative home and decor applications of wool. See full “Where to” list here.

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    San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design Announces First Exhibition of 2018

    The first exhibition of the new year at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco will be “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please,” honoring the work of the Wisconsin-based artist. The show is organized in partnership with the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and will also feature a site-specific installation by local artist collective, t.w.five. Read the full article by Selin Ashaboglu in ArchitectureMagazine.com.

     

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    Architects Experiment With The Future Of Construction By Building Their Biggest Visions In Miniature

    “A life-size environment for exploring architectural ideas in public, the pavilion is the architectural equivalent of the concept car. Yet unlike concept cars, which often generate headlines, pavilions seldom get much attention outside of specialized contexts like the Venice Architecture Biennale. A new exhibition at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design makes a strong case for the pavilion’s importance, and may even help to bring more attention to the pavilion-building practice.” Read full article in Forbes by Jonaton Keats here.

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    MCDArchitects Experiment With The Future Of Construction By Building Their Biggest Visions In Miniature
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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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    ‘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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    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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    JaVale McGee Surprises Five #GladToGive Heroes With A Shopping Spree

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday from November 22-29, the Warriors and Glad teamed up to recognize five exemplary Bay Area individuals who have embodied kindness and service to others through their community organizations. On Tuesday, November 29, the five #GladToGive heroes were rewarded for their generosity and impact with a $1,000 shopping spree at the Alameda Target location to shop for needed items for each of their organizations. Read the full article here.

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    ‘Felt Decoded’ Exhibition Set for San Francisco Museum

    Thursday, December 15th
    By Arthur Friedman of WWD.com

    Artist Janice Arnold’s exhibition runs from lacy wisps of wool to rocklike slabs, showing wool felts extremes.
    The Woolmark Co. is sponsoring an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco called ‘Felt DeCoded | Wool: Nature’s Technology. Set to open to the public on Feb. 11, Felt Decoded is a tactile and visual exploration of art and science with a step-by-step material study that shows an intimate perspective of wool as nature’s technology, demonstrating why wool is intrinsic to the practice of making handmade felt.

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    Dogpatch, San Francisco: A Hub for the Creative

    “…The arts also bloom in Dogpatch. The Minnesota Street Project, a three-building complex between 23rd and 24th Streets that includes 35,000 square feet of gallery space and 22,000 square feet of subsidized studio space, opened in spring as a refuge for artists who have been priced out of gentrifying neighborhoods like the Tenderloin. Three years ago, the Museum of Craft and Design moved to its current location in the American Industrial Center from the Union Square area. Next month, Untitled, an international art fair, will hold its first San Francisco event at Pier 70, a 65-acre former ironworks and shipbuilding site.” Read full article by Julie Lasky here.

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    Glad to Give Honoree: JoAnn Edwards by Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors are teaming up with Glad to recognize a hero in the community on each day of Glad to Give Week. JoAnn Edwards: “I’m #GladToGive by gathering our communities to provide MCD MakeArt hands-on, experiential workshops where kids can discover their own creativity.”  Read more here.

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    Anja Ulfeldt Makes Art From the Unappealing Sounds of Aging Plumbing

    “You think, “All that rust and gunk: What an eyesore!” if you think of them at all. And the background noise of running water — from the toilet flush to the bathtub draining — is usually a mild annoyance and not a pleasure to hear. Of Sound l Mind and Objects, Ulfeldt’s new exhibition at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, is out to prove otherwise…” Read Jeffrey Edalatpour’s full article on KQED Arts here.

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    Scenes From The Bayview Opera House’s Grand Re-Opening

    “In the parking lot, tents and structures created a festival atmosphere, with carnival games and art activities supported by the Museum of Craft and Design, the Opera House’s own Dare 2 Dream art program, and more.” Read full article on Hoodline here.

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    A New Focus on Design in San Francisco

    “Following the trend south, the Museum of Craft and Design has moved to Dogpatch, San Francisco’s newest and most southerly arts neighborhood, already home to numerous galleries and studio buildings. The first permanent location for the twelve-year-old nonprofit is intended to diversify a program currently focused on thoughtful monographic exhibitions devoted to artists using craft material and found objects.” Read full article by Robert Atkins in Modern Magazine.

     

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    How to Make an Anarchist Quilt

    “…But Venom’s quilts aren’t exactly Ladies’ Home Journal material: They’re all about crime, gambling, metal, and drugs. “My art is a collision of fine art crafting and the fringes of society,” he says. “I’m riding that razor’s edge.” – Read full article by Lauren Murrow.

    Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco

     

     

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    There’s A Surprising Weapon In The Battle For Soldiers’ Mental Health

    “Yet there is no dedicated department of arts and crafts for veteran rehabilitation, at least not through the federal government. Instead, for decades, individual veterans have turned to crafting on their own, as explored in the PBS documentary “Craft in America: Service” and a recent exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, “Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans.” By applying funds from the G.I. Bill toward taking on new artistic disciplines, more and more veterans are finding solace in crafts like pottery, woodworking, and metalsmithing…” Read the full GOOD article by Rebecca Huval here.

     

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  • CreativeBug: The Museum of Craft and Design Moves into a New Home

    After a long search for a new home, the Museum of Craft and Design moves into a permanent home in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. It opens its doors on Saturday April 6, 2013 with inaugural exhibits by artist and sculptor Michael Cooper; textile artist Arline Fisch; and ceramicist Rebecca Hutchinson.

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    The Daily Californian | SF Craft Museum Switches Gears

    The Museum of Craft and Design has finally found a home in San Francisco after the unexpected loss of its location on Sutter Street in 2004. After years of pop-up museums around the city, the museum’s new permanent location opened in the Dogpatch neighborhood this past weekend with a celebration including inaugural exhibits, food trucks and a family activity in its MakeArt Lab — all for free.

    See the article in the April 8, 2013 issue of the Daily Californian

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    Welcome To Dogpatch

    Welcome to Dogpatch! The Museum of Craft and Design reopened in its new location at 2569 Third St @ 22nd in San Francisco on April 6, 2013.

    Furthering the Museum’s ability to serve as an international center for arts and culture, the Museum of Craft and Design’s new facility expands the institution’s exhibition space by nearly 50% and features the museum’s first dedicated educational workshop and programming space.

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