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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 will open on a first come, first served basis in Spring 2019 accompanied with full event details and instructions.

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.

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MCD Members Tour: Wanxin Zhang and Kathy Sirico studios

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

Save the Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

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.

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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!)

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.”

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.

 

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MCDMCD Members Tour: Lia Cook and Ehren Tool, Berkeley
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MCD Member Trip to Milan, Italy

April 14–20, 2019
Couples $5,350/person and Singles $5,650/person

Join us on the Museum of Craft and Design’s next member adventure to Milan, Italy – the capital of European design and fashion! Led by expert guide, Burkhard Heyl, we will arrive on the heels of Milan Design Week and tour private galleries and mingle behind the scenes with prized artists and designers. Visit incomparable sites such as the Prada Foundation, Triennale Milano, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, and the Museo Mudec. Explore contemporary architecture with Petra Blaisse’s Library of Trees and Stefan Boeri’s Vertical Forest for a glimpse into the future of city planning and design. Shop the truly unique Nilufar depot and the prestigious Galleria Rosella Colombari as you explore this vibrant and modern city in combination with authentic Italian food and culture. Conveniently located in the heart of Milan, we will stay for six nights at the chic Hotel Senato. Check out the new itinerary here.

Don’t miss this special international trip for members at the Ambassador level ($500) and above. Not Ambassador level member? Join or upgrade your membership today!

Learn more and download the full registration form here or complete our new online application. Reservation forms and deposits are requested by February 15, 2019. Contact our Development Manager, Caroline Holley at 415.773.0303 or cholley@sfmcd.org for questions or to register.  

 

Image: Museo Mudec by Oskarda Riz

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Design Lab Happy Hour • Rowland Ricketts Indigo

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!

Light snacks and happy hour beverages provided.

 

Pre-registration required:

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

 

$50 non-members

$40 MCD members

 

Become an MCD member today!

sfmcd.org/join

 

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.

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Rachel ShippsDesign Lab Happy Hour • Rowland Ricketts Indigo
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MAKE: National Craft Month + SF Etsy

On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects.

Celebrate National Craft Month with SF Etsy and welcome MCD’s spring shows with an exploration of Material Domestication and Wanxin Zhang: The Long Journey. The team will be in the galleries leading unique projects inspired by the materials and processes found in the exhibitions. PLUS shop Etsy vendor pop-ups and workshop ideas around creating and maintaining creative entrepreneurship.

Cash 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!

sfmcd.org/join

Celebrate 15 years of MCD with DESIGN15 events all year!

 

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Charlotte JonesMAKE: National Craft Month + SF Etsy
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MCD Curator Walk-through: Material Domestication

Material Domestication will feature the work of six contemporary artists who utilize disparate cultural backgrounds as a framework for sculptural explorations invested in skill, material and identity.

On this opening day walk-through, hear from guest curator Elizabeth Kozlowski in conversation with artists Mi-Kyoung Lee, Adam Shiverdecker and Christine Lee about the exhibition’s investigation of materiality and technique. Typical processes found in the exhibition include needlework, knitting, weaving and other historical fiber based techniques. Based on slow production and repetitive making, these practices are often rooted in the notion of craft as women’s work, and Material Domestication acts as an attempt to dismantle such dualities of gender.

 Don’t miss this opportunity to join the discussion!

Free with general admission • all ages

Tickets available for purchase at the door.

$8 general admission

$6 students/seniors

Museum members FREE

 

Become an MCD member today!

sfmcd.org/join

 

Celebrate 15 years of MCD with DESIGN15 events all year!

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Charlotte JonesMCD Curator Walk-through: Material Domestication
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MCD Community MakeArt: SF History Days

Saturday, March 2 • 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Sunday, March 3 • 11:00AM – 4:00PM

MCD joins educators, historians, archaeologists, and more to dive into a hands-on exploration of SF history. Swing by the MCD booth, where the U.S. Mint again becomes a place of production! Explore the past of the Mint and its currency, and design a personalized metal coin using metallic paint pens and various embellishing elements.  

For more info visit: https://sfhistorydays.org/

FREE admission + drop-in activities • all ages • wheelchair accessible

Become an MCD member today!

sfmcd.org/join

 

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Rachel ShippsMCD Community MakeArt: SF History Days
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MAKE: Divine Ammunition

On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes and re-think materials through creative design projects.

This February, enjoy a final look through Divine Ammunition, where you will honor Al Farrow’s complex and intricate work with a number of in-gallery projects. Wear or carry the spirit of the exhibition with you by creating a peace charm featuring ammunition casings and druzy and quartz crystals, craft a reliquary around a treasured object and play with scale by designing mini structures around found items.

Plus, explore the concept of artful meditation with mindful mandalas and transform your creativity into communication with a guided discussion of the exhibition themes, featuring Clearing Conversations founder Misha Bonaventura.

 

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!

sfmcd.org/join

 

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

 

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Rachel ShippsMAKE: Divine Ammunition
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MCD Community MakeArt: History Playdate at California History Society

MCD is headed to History Playdate at California Historical Society, where you will imagine, design, and document your own Boomtown! Use collage elements from both vintage and contemporary magazines to build a 2D rendering inspired by the exhibition. Then, use an instant camera to photograph your city-scape in black and white and watch as your Boomtown develops right before your eyes. PLUS enjoy additional activities and groups designed around cameras and photography.  

FREE drop-in event and activities • all ages

Become an MCD member today!

sfmcd.org/join

 

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Rachel ShippsMCD Community MakeArt: History Playdate at California History Society