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San Francisco Design Museum Lands a Boundary-Pushing Curator

May 10, 2024

In April, Atkinson started a new role as executive director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. A smaller institution than its Smithsonian peers, the museum is…

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Spartan Designers’ Work on Display at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design

May 7, 2024

Nestled in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood between Potrero Hill and the bay, the Museum of Craft and Design is currently home to Mr. Roboto, an innovative exhibit guest curated by…

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11 Coolest Museum Exhibitions To See In San Francisco Right Now

March 7, 2024

This exhibition [Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest] features work that combines both functionality and aesthetic beauty that we associate with art. The exhibition includes work from…

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Your Guide to San Francisco’s Museums and Galleries This Spring

February 27, 2024

On display now through June 30, Mr. Roboto at the Museum of Craft and Design showcases how designers and robots can collaborate to invent new ways of creating the world…

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San Francisco’s Cultural Renaissance: The Fusion of AI and Arts

January 26, 2024

Art and Tech Fusion in Museums The Museum of Craft and Design is pushing boundaries further with the ‘Mr. Roboto’ exhibition, exploring the potential of robots as creative collaborators. The…

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Emerging Tech Inspires a New Wave of Premieres in San Francisco This Year

January 26, 2024

Not far from the Museum of Craft and DesignOpens in new window, guests of Mission Bay’s LUMA Hotel San FranciscoOpens in new window can receive their morning coffee delivery from…

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Local artist among winners of 2024 American Craft Council awards

January 26, 2024

About the Awards of Distinction Honorees JoAnn Edwards, of San Francisco, CA, is the co-founder and executive director of the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD). Edwards has overseen MCD’s…

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After Downturns and Disruptions, San Francisco’s Art Scene Is Thriving

January 16, 2024

Also last year, both the de Young Museum and the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) staged exhibitions focusing on the work of local artists. MCD’s show examined how artists…

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January 9, 2024

A spokesperson describes the event as follows: “…The Pacific Northwest is home to a unique artistic ecosystem involving craft traditions, pre-industrial cultures, and Indigenous and settler histories… Indie Folk: New…

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30+ Bay Area events, festivals and things to do in 2024

December 27, 2023

‘Mr. Roboto’ at the Museum of Craft and Design: Feb. 24 through June 30, 2569 Third St., San Francisco. Hosted by 60 San José State University students, this exhibition tests…

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Museum Highlights

October, 2023

The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco presents “Designing Peace” as a unique look at how design plays a role in pursuing peace. Featuring design projects from around…

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Museum of Craft and Design’s 2023 Mirror Ball

October 13, 2023

Guests donned their favorite sparkling outfits and filled the Museum of Craft and Design on Thursday, September 21 for the second annual Mirror Ball. This year’s event honored artists Wendy…

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Seven architecture and design events in October from Dezeen Events Guide

September 29, 2023

Designing Peace is an exhibition tackling how design can contribute to creating social, environmental and economic peace. Taking place at San Francisco‘s Museum of Craft and Design, the exhibition showcases 30…

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23 Artists on Making It in San Francisco

August 7, 2023

“In the Bay Area, there’s this beautiful opportunity to deepen your art practice,” olagbaju stated. “But there are not a lot of directionalized, realistic resources to sustain a consistent life…

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Fight or Flight: Bay Area artists showcase the struggles of living here

June 21, 2023

It’s no secret that the Bay Area is a difficult place to make a living, especially as an artist. Affordable housing and studio space are scarce. Funding for the arts…

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‘Fight and Flight’ Captures Artistic Responses to the Pressures of Bay Area Life

April 23, 2023

When I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, the first people I ever interviewed were a group of Oakland artists living and working together in an old fruit…

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Keeping Track

April 20, 2023

The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco is currently exhibiting 100 of Anne Hicks Siberell’s Concrete Journals. A bookmaker and writer, Siberell has been a visual diarist for…

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10 Things to Do in San Francisco’s Dogpatch

February 24, 2023

Museum of Craft and Design 2569 Third Street If you love design then you’ll want to make time to experience this museum. The staff collaborates with artists, designers and other…

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Museum of Craft and Design Honors Gary Hutton

January 26, 2023

Decked out in shimmering cocktail attire, supporters and fans on December 6 reflected the theme that celebrated the Museum of Craft and Design: The Art for All Mirror Ball. The…

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces First Round of Fiscal Year 2023 Grants

January 10, 2023

Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is pleased to announce the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2023, with more than $34 million in funding to…

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15 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.9.23)

January 9, 2023

Sooo, how ’bout that weather? Have a good, indoor time this week at an exhibition celebrating local legends of drag; enjoy a little burlesque when Dita Von Teese brings her…

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Thousands of arts fans stream into S.F. museums thanks to free-ticket weekend

December 4, 2022

When San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened at 10 a.m. Sunday, museum director Christopher Bedford was there to hold the door. He was still holding it 45 minutes later…

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End-of-year art shows play up Bay Area artists, technology and new horizons

November 16, 2022

As we race to the end of 2022, there are several new visual art shows and happenings set to open around the Bay Area. Included are several exhibitions featuring local…

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November 16, 2022

Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision at the Museum of Craft and Design 2569 Third St, San Francisco Proxistant Vision is an ambitious and innovative study that examines aerial imaging technologies, their influence,…

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Exclusive: Anonymous donors to make 21 S.F. museums admission-free

November 7, 2022

The Asian Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art have announced the creation of the San Francisco Free Museum Weekend, which will…

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Upcoming exhibition explores power of aerial imaging technologies

November 2022

The Museum of Craft and Design presents “Bull.Miletic: Proxistant Vision.”Bull.Miletic is an artist duo currently based in Oslo, but who made their home in San Francisco for over a decade….

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This weekend: open studios at Hunters Point Shipyard

October 18, 2022

Most days, San Francisco’s Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is a quiet bastion of creativity, where 300-plus artists work alongside each other in palatial, rent-controlled studios on the Eastern fringe of…

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‘All Out SF’ events planned to spur pride in the city

October 3, 2022

A diverse group of small businesses and community groups are partnering with city agencies to produce “All Out SF,” a weeklong initiative Oct. 16-23 billed as a celebration of San…

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Museums work to lure back visitors despite pricey tickets and high inflation

September 15, 2022

As inflation leads households to tighten their entertainment and travel budgets, many are forgoing trips to museums and cultural institutions, where tickets can often top $25 per person. This coming…

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The Best Museum Gift Shops Across America

June 20, 2022

Not all gift shops are created equal. Wander around most of them, and you’ll likely find hokey keychains or branded T-shirts, but some shops go the extra mile — so…

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Inside the smell-o-verse: Meet the companies trying to bring scent to the metaverse

May 19, 2022

Inside San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, a long hallway painted eggshell blue is lined with the most extraordinary devices. A glass globe that uses trained bees to detect…

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Come funziona il design olfattivo? Lo spiega una mostra a San Francisco

March 21, 2022


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Exhibition: ‘Living with Scents’ at MCD (San Francisco), exploring culturalisation of all things olfactory

March 18, 2022

Guest curators Clara Muller and Elisabetta Pisu present Living with Scents, an exhibition that gives an overview of contemporary olfactory design projects and their various stakes. From industrial design to craftsmanship, from art to speculative…

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Jaimie Baron on the ‘Orchestration’ of Scent

March 11, 2022

For those interested in expanding their perceptual experience, Living with Scents, guest curated by Elisabetta Pisu and Clara Muller for the Museum of Craft and Design, should not be missed. Of the…

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5 New And Upcoming Exhibits In SF You Won’t Want To Miss

February 24, 2022

From fashion design to the art of scents, these new and upcoming exhibits around town offer novel perspectives in the weeks ahead. Read more of Chloe Konrad’s San Francisco Magazine…

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Preview: On the Nose

February 3, 2022

A new exhibition devoted to olfactory design engages the senses of sight and smell. Architects Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael have taken the notion of a good cup of…

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Museum of Craft and Design’s ‘Living with Scents’

February 2022

How much can you still smell through a mask? The Museum of Craft and Design is betting that it’s at least enough to dedicate a whole exhibit to our olfactory…

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Tra chimica & poesia

February 2022

MATERIA EVANESCENTE per eccellenza, in realtà frutto di molti ingredienti concreti, un profumo è un’alchimia di algoritmi, chimica, suggestioni e poesia. Nonostante le fragranze riflettano il tempo che stiamo vivendo, i nasi sono chiamati…

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An Exhibition Explores the Intersection of Scent and Design

January 27, 2022

“Through the olfactory sense, we can interpret and learn about the world, fixing in our memory places [we’ve been] and the emotions we’ve lived,” says Elisabetta Pisu, design curator, founder,…

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The Scent of Objects

January 27, 2022

The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco launches the first exhibition entirely dedicated to the interaction of smell and design, resulting from over two years of research. From February 12 to June 5, it features objects by over 40 designers in five sections, giving visitors olfactory experience for…

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Le potenzialità creative dell’olfatto

January 16, 2022

A San Francisco, la mostra ‘Living with Scents’ propone i progetti dedicati al design olfattivo di oltre 40 creativi, per evidenziarne le svariate applicazioni progettuali e le proprietà benefiche che…

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Quelli che vogliono prenderti per il naso

December 15, 2021

Lo chiamano anche design. Nel tempo la nostra conoscenza dell’olfatto e di come utilizzarlo é molto approfondita fino a farne anche un raffinato strumento di marketing. Una mostra multidisciplinare racconterà…

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New Exhibit “Mode Brut” Champions Accessibility in Fashion

November 11, 2021

On display at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, Mode Brut redefines fashion through accessibility. Led by Victor Molina, the exhibit features over 50 artists from Creativity Explored, a studio and…

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Bay Area art spaces back on feet for fall, focusing on the traditionally underrepresented

September 2021

The Bay Area art world is optimistically approaching the fall with big ambitions and big exhibitions, a sign that institutions have mostly regained their pre-2020 footing…Creativity Explored, a gallery and art center for developmentally disabled artists, partnered with the Museum of Craft and Design on this new fashion exhibition.

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Speed Read with BIKE EXIF

November 2020

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.

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

October 2020

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.

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A New Online Exhibit Shows How Architects And Designers Are Confronting COVID-19 – With Outmoded Ideas And Products Nobody Needs

June 2020

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.

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Got a Creative Mask Idea? You Could Win $500 in a Mask-Making Competition

May 2020

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.

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

April 2020

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.

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Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

January 2020

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.

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