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MCD MEMBER TRIP TO DETROIT

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October 15–20, 2019
Additional trip information coming June 2019

Join us on the Museum of Craft and Design’s next member excursion to Detroit–the epicenter of the American modernist movement. Experience the private collections of the top contemporary craft and design collectors in the country. Visit galleries and take behind-the-scenes tours with curators as you mingle with prized artists and designers. We will also travel just north to the Cranbrook Academy of Art campus, deemed by the New York Times as the “American Bauhaus”. Walk the impressive campus that attracted some of the greatest minds of 20th-century Modernism, including Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ray and Charles Eames. We will stay for five nights at the fashionable Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit.

Don’t miss this special domestic trip for members at the Insider level ($250) and above.
Not an Insider level member? Join or upgrade your membership today!

Registration and full itinerary coming soon.
Contact our Development Manager, Caroline Holley at 415.773.0303 or cholley@sfmcd.org for questions or to pre-register.

 

Image: Saarinen House at Cranbrook Academy of Art, New York Times

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MCD Member Trip: Oliver Ranch

MCD is thrilled to bring back one of our favorite and most popular events, the MCD Member trip to Oliver Ranch in rural Sonoma County. This MCD Member trip is open to all levels of members, but space is limited. Registration opens July 1, 2019.

September 14, 2019 | 10:00 AM


Oliver Ranch is home to 18 site-specific installations by Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Bruce Nauman, Judith Shea and several other world-renowned artists. Nancy and Steve Oliver have been building their collection for over 25 years. They work closely with each of the artists, who become part family, part collaborators and part idols. The Olivers describe their adventures more as “collecting experiences” than “collecting art.” Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear the stories behind the installations during a two-mile guided tour.

The Olivers provide access to the Ranch to help select non-profit organization to raise funds. We are fortunate to be able to offer this exciting experience to our members.

Contact Christina Humphreys at 415.773.0303 or at chumphreys@sfmcd.org with questions or to be notified when registration opens.

 

Above Image: Oliver Ranch Installation — Bruce Nauman, “Untitled”, 1998-1999 (Cast concrete staircase)

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DESIGN15 Birthday Bash

Celebrate 15 years of the Museum of Craft and Design at our DESIGN15 Birthday Bash!

MCD’s Board of Directors invite you to the DESIGN15 Birthday Bash, an evening celebrating 15 years of the Museum of Craft and Design and benefiting the MCD MakeArt educational programs for children and families.

THE BASH

6:30 PM | Welcome Cocktail Hour

  • Mix, mingle and bid on art and experiences in the silent auction.

7:30 PM | Sit-down Dinner

  • Honoring Alyce and Steve Kaplan as we celebrate the past, present and future of MCD.

8:30 PM | Birthday Cake and Bash

  • Dessert, music, dancing and more!

TICKETS

Tickets will go on sale June 3, 2019

EVENT CO-CHAIRS

Gary Hutton and Barbara Waldman

 

MCD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dorrian Porter (Chair), Andy Astor (Treasurer), Peggy Dalal (Secretary), Fred Bould, Marcia Lavine, Joy Ou, Babette Pinsky, Kendall Riding, Christopher Rolletta, Suzanne Scott, Leah Segawa, Gretchen Wustrack

 

EVENT DESIGN

Gary Hutton Design

 

Food and beverage support provided by Schlein Vineyard, Chappellet Vineyard and Winery, Hard Six Cellars, Just For You Cafe

 

SUPPORT THE BASH

Help us celebrate 15 years of MCD by supporting the Design15 Birthday Bash your way! We welcome support through Event Sponsorship, Auction Item Donations, In-Kind Goods and Services or by making a one-time tax-deductible gift at any level.

 

LEARN MORE AND GIVE TODAY

  • Download our sponsorship levels and benefits form.
  • Complete our online donation form (for sponsorship, auction and in-kind donors).
  • Make a one-time gift* of any amount through PayPal.

*If are interested in giving towards at a specific sponsorship level (starting at $1,000 and above), please complete our online donation form and select “Individual and Corporate Sponsorship” as your giving option.

Questions? Contact our Development Team at 415.773.0303 or giving@sfmcd.org.

 

Museum of Craft Design’s Federal Tax ID number is 55-0830529

 

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MCD Members Tour: Wanxin Zhang and Kathy Sirico studios

MCD MEMBERS TOUR: WANXIN ZHANG AND KATHY SIRICO STUDIOS, SAN FRANCISCO

Join the Museum of Craft and Design in the Dogpatch and Bayview neighborhoods of San Francisco to tour the studios of interdisciplinary artist Kathy Sirico and ceramic artist Wanxin Zhang.

Kathy Sirico creates unpredictable sculptural works through experimental textile-based collage practices. In processing diverse and often recycled materials, she raises questions of ecological futurity in a world facing environmental devastation. Sirico’s work will be on display in our upcoming exhibition Interior/Exterior on view July 27–Dec 1, 2019.

Wanxin Zhang was born in Changchun in China, and spent his formative years in the 1960s and 70s 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, he began creating monumental clay figures that evoke the tension inherent in globalization, politics and power. Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey will be on view March 16–July 14, 2019.

 

Purchase your tickets today! This event is open to the public, but space is limited.
$35 for MCD members (with promo code) and $45 for non-members.


To become a member and save on future trips, join today at sfmcd.org/join.

If you are a member and did not receive a promo code, please contact us at membership@sfmcd.org or call 415.773.0303 ext. 304.

Please note: Guests should plan to provide their own transportation to each studio. Address details will be provided upon RSVP. 

Image: Kathy Sirico, Overgrowth, 2016

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MCD Members Tour: Lia Cook and Ehren Tool, Berkeley

MCD MEMBERS TOUR: LIA COOK AND EHREN TOOL, BERKELEY

Date: Saturday, May 18 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: $35 MCD Members, $45 public (Join Now!)
Online ticket sales available through 3 PM on Thursday, May 16. Late registration is available through 5PM on Friday, May 17 with our Administrative Coordinator at admin@sfmcd.org or (415) 773-0303.

Join the Museum of Craft and Design in Berkeley to tour the studios of textile artist Lia Cook and ceramic artist Ehren Tool.

Lia Cook has long been a pioneer in the area of weaving—particularly in the creative use of cutting edge technology, jacquard systems and complex weave structures. Her prominence in this field is broadly recognized. An active studio artist since the 1970s, her work has taken many innovative pathways through the decades. Her recent work focuses on the relationship between neurological responses and woven textiles.

Ehren Tool’s work is heavily influenced by his service in the Marine Corps and his return to the civilian world. A Gulf War veteran, Tool has been hand-making and distributing his ceramic cups since 2001. Now numbering more than 21,000 cups total, his prolific production of cups is his preferred method of storytelling. In his words, “the cup is the appropriate scale to talk about war. The cups go into the world hand-to-hand, one story at a time.” Learn more about his cups and work in a recent NY Times article by C. J. Chivers. As a special take away, each participant will receive one of Tool’s unique ceramic cups.

This event is $35 for MCD members of all levels (with promo code) and $45 for non-members. Purchase your tickets here. Space is limited.

To become a member and save on future trips, join today at sfmcd.org/join.
If you are a member and did not receive a promo code, please contact us at membership@sfmcd.org or call 415.773.0303 ext. 304.

Please note: Guests should plan to provide their own transportation to each studio. Areas of the studio spaces are not accessible for wheelchairs.

 

Learn more about Lia Cook and Ehren Tool in these videos by Craft in America! Then come explore their creative process and hear their stories first hand during the tour!

 

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MCD Community MakeArt: Maker Faire 2019

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Find your next inspiration on a journey through the eccentric and profound creations of brilliant hackers, inventors and entrepreneurs at the 14th Annual Maker Bay Area, May 17-19th at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Get immersed in hundreds of projects, presenters and hands-on activities that will leave you invigorated and moved. Witness the full spectrum of ingenuity from robotics and AI to immense mechanical art, drones, culinary innovation and the frontiers of the future. We’ll be there designing and making with visitors.

Stop by MCD’s table to combine multiple colors of wool roving into a tuft and place into a plastic egg to shake, shake, shake, shake! Crack open your egg to find a felted wool sphere that looks just like an imaginary planet. String it onto a cord & wear your creation home.

PLUS we have discounted tickets for our network. Take advantage of this offer while you can, discounted tickets are limited. Get yours here!

 

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MAKE: Material Domestication and Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey

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

 

Tickets available for purchase at the door.

$8 general admission

$6 students/seniors

Museum members FREE

 

Become an MCD member today!

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

 

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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

Become an MCD member today!

 

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

 

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MAKE: In Pursuit of Inspiration w/ Rae Dunn

*** The Artist Happy Hour portion of this event is SOLD OUT. However, guests are welcome to join the party for the remainder of the event to have  books signed by Rae and to interact with our creative stations! Tickets will be sold at the door AFTER 7:00 PM (No sooner). $8 adults, $6 students/seniors ***

 

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, in partnership with Chronicle Books, MCD welcomes beloved Bay Area artist, author and ceramicist Rae Dunn to celebrate the pre-release of her brand new book, In Pursuit of Inspiration. During the Artist Happy Hour, hear from Rae in conversation with MCD programmers about her path to inspiration and the innate creativity in all of us. Pick up a pre-release copy of the book, then stick around to get it signed and discover her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page– from drawing with your non-dominant hand to sketching with objects found in nature, each chapter offers a simple yet surprising catalyst to help you get in touch with your own creativity.

Trust your instincts and make more art within the MCD galleries by putting Rae’s processes to practice at instructor and self-led hands-on stations throughout Material Domestication and Wanxin Zang: The Long Journey.


6PM-6:30PM • Doors open + exhibition viewing time
6:30PM-7PM • Artist Happy Hour conversation
7PM-9:30PM • Book signing + hands-on activation in galleries

*PLEASE NOTE: Rae will only be signing books and ONE ceramic piece per person. 


Cash/Square bar for guests over 21 • Complimentary drink tickets for MCD members; ID required • All ages welcome


$8 general admission |
$6 students/seniors| Museum members FREE
Not an MCD Member? Join today!
Pre-registration required | Register Here

Reserve your copy of In Pursuit of Inspiration and pick it up during the event at shop.sfmcd.org. Copies will also be available to purchase during the MAKE. In the shipping options, select pick-up in store. For regular purchases, books will be available to ship April 30.


More about Rae Dunn
Rae Dunn is an artist, author and ceramicist. A world traveler, she has exhibited her work in clay across the country and internationally. Her work has also been featured in a number of publications including
Martha Stewart Living,  the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, Bon Appetit and more. Dunn is the author of Wilma’s World and France: Inspiration du Jour (also from Chronicle Books). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In Pursuit of Inspiration
In this visually rich hardcover volume, beloved artist Rae Dunn shares her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page. From drawing with your nondominant hand to sketching with objects found in nature, each chapter offers a simple yet surprising catalyst to help readers get in touch with their own creativity. Full of gorgeous watercolors, sketches, original patterns, dreamy photography, and hand-lettered insight from the author, In Pursuit of Inspiration offers a unique glimpse into the process of a successful fine artist. It’s the perfect how-to book for artists of all skill levels who prefer freeform experimentation to step-by-step instruction.

 

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

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Member for a Day

Member for a Day | Sunday, April 14, 2019

An annual Bay Area tradition, Member for Day invites you to explore neighboring institutions for FREE. MCD members, present your membership card at the following locations on April 14 to receive two free admissions:

 

  • Asian Art Museum
  • BAMPFA
  • Cartoon Art Museum
  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
    • de Young Museum
    • Legion of Honor (surcharge for special exhibition)
  • Museum of African Diaspora
  • Oakland Museum of California (small surcharge for special exhibition)
  • SFMOMA
  • UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum

 

The Museum of Craft and Design welcomes members of these participating institutions to discover our new exhibitions Material Domestication and Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey with free general admission for the day. Members of these institutions can also enjoy 10% off in the award-winning MCD store by presenting their member card.


Thinking of joining the MCD? Stop by the front desk during your visit on April 14 for a special offer!

 

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