Museum of Craft and Design
Arline Fisch, "Paper Lanterns" (detail), 2008. William Gullette, courtesy of the Museum of Craft and Design.

Dogpatch has rightfully earned its reputation--even nationally--as one of SF?s most creative neighborhoods. This weekend, those creative types and their fans (that would be us) have a new place to call home.

That?s because the Museum of Craft and Design is reopening on Third Street in the American Industrial Center. The airy, 8,500-square-foot space was designed by Gary Hutton and the McCall Design Group; painted in black and white with pops of red, its ceilings soar and concrete columns tower above visitors? heads.

The galleries--which have movable walls so the space can be morphed--will host original exhibitions and traveling shows, ranging from traditional craft and design to modern-day iterations that honor the art forms? past while exploring their increasing intersection with technology.

The inaugural exhibits are real stunners: Seminal Bay Area artist Michael Cooper displays a range of his kinetic work, from exquisite wood sculptures of pistols to mixed-media installations. In another gallery, Arline Fisch?s vibrant jellyfish woven from copper wire are suspended in midair.

We?re also psyched about the new workshop series: The museum will host monthly Meet and Make Nights, during which you can work on projects with local Etsy artists. The (well-designed) doors officially open this Saturday.

2569 Third Street; 415-773-0303 or sfmcd.org

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