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Design and Drinks: Wanxin Zhang

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.

 

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MCD Make @ SF Design Week

On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects. In June, MAKE is celebrating MCD’s unique history as a pop-up museum– catch us offsite as one of the exhibitors of SF Design Week’s Design Hub at Pier 27!

This party on the waterfront is all about experiencing a designer’s life through interactive exhibits, installations, and talks. Enjoy music, food trucks by Off the Grid, and beer by Fort Point Brewery. Highlights include the 2019 Design Awards, Stanford’s D School, and artist installations featuring Marpi and Britelite and more!

Swing by the MAKE installation to explore 15 years of Museum of Craft and Design, including several hands-on interactives designed around the current exhibitions, Material Domestication and Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey.

Cash bar and scrumptious bites from Off the Grid will be available for purchase.

 

Get your tickets early– prices will increase closer to event night.

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/2GU3qRE

Opening Night is a fundraiser for San Francisco Design Week. All ticket proceeds go directly supporting its continued efforts to create community through timely, relevant and impactful design programming in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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MCD Design Lab Happy Hour: Wire Armatures and Sculpture

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!

Gallery access, workshop materials + light snacks and happy hour beverages included.

$50 non-members

$40 MCD members

 

Pre-registration required:

TICKETS: https://bit.ly/2W6Jof2

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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.

 

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MCD Free First Tuesday: June

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.

FREE admission and drop-in activity • all ages

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MCD MakeArt Family Day: June

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!

FREE drop-in activities + access to the museum

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*Activities subject (but not likely!) to change without notice.

 

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MCD Library MakeArt: Mission Bay

Celebrate the exhibition Material Domestication with an activity focused on creative weaving with caning and other fiber and fabric materials! Adaptive materials and tools will also be available. Practice repetition while using a variety of textures, and bring new weaving techniques home with you.

FREE drop-in activity.

This project is appropriate for ages 4-14; younger kids may need some assistance from a parent/guardian.

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MCD Library MakeArt: Excelsior Branch

Join MCD to make art in honor Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the work of artist Wanxin Zhang! Learn about Wanxin’s story of moving to the United States, and create keepsake boxes using personal and pop cultural symbols.

FREE drop-in activity

This project is appropriate for ages 4-14; younger kids may need some assistance from a parent/guardian.

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Free First Tuesday: May

This Free Tuesday, explore Wanxin Zang’s series 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.

FREE admission and drop-in activity • all ages

 

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MakeArt Family Day: May

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

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*Activities subject (but not likely!) to change without notice.

 

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MCD Library MakeArt: Bayview Branch

Celebrate Earth Day and month with MCD! Create small carrying cases out of recycled everyday materials inspired by Material Domestication artist Christine Lee, then fill them with wearable art made using soda tabs!

FREE drop-in activity

This project is appropriate for ages 4-14; younger kids may need some assistance from a parent/guardian.

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