MCD’s Design Council presents
Drinks and Design: Wanxin Zhang
Wednesday, June 26 | 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Join Bay Area artist Wanxin Zhang and the Museum of Craft and Design’s Design Council during SF Design Week for an exclusive walk-through of the exhibition Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey. Enjoy drinks and conversation in the exhibition with Zhang, exhibition co-curator Ariel Zaccheo and the Catharine Clark Gallery. Tickets will go on sale May 15.
About the Artist and Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey Wanxin Zhang was born in ChangChun in China, and spent his formative years in the 1960’s and 70’s under Mao’s regime. He was part of the first generation to receive a formal art education in college subsequent to the Cultural Revolution in 1976. After moving to California in the early 1990s, Zhang was inspired by the work of Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson and Stephen De Staebler.
Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey is the first museum solo presentation of Wanxin Zhang’s work in San Francisco. This exhibition is a survey of Zhang’s ceramic sculpture from 2006 to 2017 and celebrates the artist’s signature style—a hybrid of California Funk influence and nods to Chinese history. Zhang’s monumental clay figures are at once irreverent and troubling, evoking the tension inherent in globalization, politics and power. He demonstrates this through his mastery of the malleable qualities of clay, reshaping traditional symbols and iconography with contemporary pop culture. A publication accompanying the exhibition featuring a comprehensive essay by Deborah Bishop will be available for purchase in the museum store.
Presented in partnership with the Catharine Clark Gallery.
Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey is generously supported by Dorothy Saxe, Pamela and David Hornik, Lorna Meyer-Calas and Dennis Calas, Kathleen Grant, MD and Thomas Jackson MD, Marcy Friedman, Doctors Julio R Blanco and David J Manno and Janet Mohle-Boetani. In-Kind support provided by Studio Hinrichs, Sappi Paper and Hard Six Cellars.
Activate creativity and get inside new processes at MCD’s Design Lab Happy Hour.
Material Domestication exhibiting artist Adam Shiverdecker will take participants through the process of orthographic drawing and discuss the use of ceramic material on armatures.
Adam describes his work as “imagining what would happen if the entire military arsenal were simply pushed into the ocean.” As a committed pacifist he is also drawn to the sleekness, the power and the materiality of machines of war. His work attempts to represent his ambivalence to icons of military might by taking the forms of fighter jets, submarines and missiles and denaturing their surfaces.
Join this Design Lab Happy Hour for drinks, discussion and a hands-on exploration of Shiverdecker’s unique process and technique!
Adam Shiverdecker artist lives and works in the Bay Area. He is an Assistant Professor of Spatial Art [Sculpture] at San José State. He received his MFA from the University of South Carolina and his B.Ed. from the University of Toledo.
This Free Tuesday, join MCD for to repurpose old materials into new objects! Roll magazine pages and paper ephemera into coils, then join them to make a container, sculpture or statement jewelry. Follow the commitment to repurposing and transformation found in Material Domestication.
This month, delve into some of the themes and materials of Material Domestication!
Join guest instructors from Green Art Workshop to learn about the role textiles have played in women’s history through the art of embroidery. Embedded in each intricate stitch are stories of social activism and personal expression. Using found fabrics and thread, practice needlework techniques by creating a sampler and begin making a piece that tells your own story.
Explore Nathan Craven’s process of creating ceramic by using a series of clay extruders– including ones you can design yourself!
PLUS: Decorate your Swag Bag and play around with magnetic architecture.
All ages welcome– craft your day with the whole family at MCD!
On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects.
This month, join the fun for a MAKE dedicated to both of the current exhibitions, “Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey” and “Material Domestication.” Take a more complex dive into processes of repetition and reuse with a fiber workshop led by San Francisco based artist/designer/entrepreneur and teacher at Spark Studio, Carrie Leeb. Recreate Jamie Bardsley’s intricate process in Sculpey clay to create a desktop mandala puzzle and bring new dimensions to personal storytelling with figure drawing by local artist, Pickles, and 3D self portraiture inspired by the work of Wanxin Zhang.
Cash/Square bar for guests over 21 • Complimentary drink tickets for MCD members; ID required
This Free Tuesday, explore Wanxin Zang’sseries of glazed bricks, which he likens to canvases, diaries, sketchbooks and albums of life. From painted Picasso homages, to water slide decals and sculpted add ons, the bricks speak to both building urban environments and dismantling history.
Step into the MakeArt Lab and see what story you can tell using the six sides of this unusual canvas. Turn your creation into functional design as a planter, bookend or candle holder.
Join MCD for an exploration of Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey. Visitors will take a deep dive look into the materials, themes and processes of the exhibition, including water slide decal experiments, painted brick objects, wearable panda self-portraits and collaborative California Funk sculpture technique!
PLUS: Decorate your Swag Bag, play around with magnetic design and explore the neighborhood to discover more 1st Saturday in Dogpatch offerings
All ages welcome– craft your day with the whole family at MCD!
Tickets available for purchase at the door.
Kids 12 and under FREE $8 adults $6 students/seniors Museum members FREE
You’re invited to MCD’s 15th birthday party! Bring the whole family to MakeArt Family Day and enjoy a host of celebratory activities including the opportunity to win your own birthday party at MCD. There will be spin art and ice cream in the parklet, paper lantern crafts, wearable design and much, much more!
PLUS: Explore the neighborhood to discover more 1st Saturday in Dogpatch offerings!
Take a moment to explore the site-specific installations of Material Domestication, then explore the exhibition themes of repetition, relief and scale through a materials immersion in the MakeArt Lab. Create a mini take-away inspired by the exhibition, or give yourself over to technique and the concept of slow production!
Join MCD and Slow Fiber Studios in welcoming Material Domestication artist Rowland Ricketts for this very special Design Lab Happy Hour. Participants will hear from Rowland about his creative process– from conscious indigo plant growing to hand dyeing textiles that span contemporary art and design.
Then, hear from World Shibori Network founder Yoshiko Wada, who will give a live demo of indigo vat preparation, followed by a hands-on swatch dyeing workshop.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity for creative interaction with an MCD exhibiting artist!
Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan, Rowland received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art, Architecture & Design at Indiana University. His work has been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum and has been recognized with a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship.