Museum of Craft and Design

2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 11:00 a.m. ‐ 6:00 p.m. (EST)





Celebrating 15 years with DESIGN 15, the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) is San Francisco’s only museum devoted to craft and design. Founded in 2004, MCD showcases designers, makers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. As a non-collecting institution, the museum actively collaborates with artists, designers, museums and universities, as well as design venues and practitioners to create inspirational experiences in the world of craft and design for visitors of all ages.


MCD will have two exhibitions on display for Museum Day 2019.

Dead Nuts: the search for the ultimate machined object
The machinist is among the most exacting craftsmen. It is the resourcefulness, ingenuity and skill of the machinist that creates the critical parts that allow an idea to become a reality. At the extreme confluence of precision, accuracy, invention and design, there are objects that continue to inspire these makers because they represent the finest work and the purest forms.

This exhibition will present objects that makers and enthusiasts themselves have proposed as “the ultimate machined object”. Posed as a question in 2009 to an online forum called Practical Machinist, over a period of several months, a small community debated “What is the ultimate machine object/mechanism?” They proposed their favorites in an ongoing conversation of posts and responses. Some objects represent the primal building blocks of mechanization: the wheel, the lever, the screw. Others are examples of tremendous complication: a Linotype machine, an aircraft engine, a microprocessor. Between these extremes are seemingly humble objects that belie their sophistication but have revolutionized the world. Our global standard of living is built upon these technologies; this exhibition attempts to elucidate what is so special about these objects and why they were proposed as the ultimate machined object/mechanism.”

Interior/Exterior", curated by Ariel Zaccheo
"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.

This exhibition attempts to position structures and shelters as permeable, active bodies. Though the exterior facade of the built environment seems immovable and solid by design, the walls are laced with flows of energy both in and out. Looking at these frontages as porous skins, we can start to see the anatomy of structures and objects (and the bodies that inhabit and use them) more fully. Within the seemingly solid walls that define a built structure’s boundaries are pipelines for utilities, the foundational connection between our private and public lives. Interior/Exterior positions structures and objects of the home not just as containers, but as active shapers of our social space.


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