Take part in investigating several three-dimensional materials and processes inspired by the exhibition Dead Nuts: a search for the ultimate machined object. Create simple Plaster of Paris molds inspired by plastic injection molds, then use the process to reproduce a variety of machined objects. Make one, or make many!
Interior/Exterior presents structures, “rooms” and objects, which are neither fully interior nor fully exterior. Exposing the permeability between these two categories, this exhibition interprets public and private spaces. Looking beyond the neat closure of four walls, Interior/Exterior will feature site-specific installations, temporary structures and sculptures by Julie Alpert, Benjamin Armas and Ori Carino, Macon Reed, Kathy Sirico, and Kaori Yamashita.
Join curator Ariel Zaccheo in conversation with exhibiting artists during this opening day exhibition walk-through, and learn more about the concepts of structures and objects of the home not just as containers, but as active shapers of our social space.
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.
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 Hunter Douglas, 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, 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
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!