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First Look: Copper-Wire Jellyfish and Hardwood Vehicles at the Museum of Craft and Design

The Dogpatch newcomer opens Saturday.

Arline Fisch's Creatures of the Deep, knitted and crocheted from coated copper wire.

Michael Cooper's A Sculptural Odyssey, at the Museum of Craft and Design.

Michael Cooper's Overarmed Wheelchair, made from laminated hardwoods and bicycle wheels.

Michael Cooper's Unnecessary Roughness (foreground) and Gunrunner, both made of solid and laminated hardwoods.

Rebecca Hutchinson's Affinity, crafted on-site from porcelain paperclay, handmade paper, and other natural materials.

Michael Cooper's Checks and Balances. Steel, wood, aluminum, found objects, oil paint, and lacquer.

Michael Cooper's Gunrunner, of solid and laminated hardwoods.

Michael Cooper's Overarmed Wheelchair, from laminated hardwoods and bicycle wheels.

Arline Fisch's Creatures of the Deep, knitted and crocheted from coated copper wire.

Michael Cooper's Unnecessary Roughness, made of various woods, and Modified, a mechanized sculpture crafted from hard maple, chromed and painted steel, aodized aluminum, and stainless steel.

After forfeiting its original Union Square location in 2010 to rising rents and then pop-up hopping throughout the city, the Museum of Craft and Design has found a permanent home in this 8,500-square-foot Dogpatch industrial building, open to the public on Saturday. The revived MCD showcases up to three exhibits at a time within its open gallery space (nimbly outfitted with moveable walls), displaying art that's part visceral and in-your-face—as in Michael Cooper's futuristic metal-and-hardwood vehicles, showing until June 30—and part delicately beautiful, like jewelry designer Arline Fisch's floating sea creatures crocheted with neon-coated copper wire, featured through June 23.

The Gary Hutton-designed museum also includes a store, where offerings span porcupine-quill earrings to handmade ceramics, and a workshop for interactive events with featured artists and makers. The next exhibit, slated for late this summer, will be a Herman retrospective of Modernist design. 2569 3rd St. (near 22nd St.), 415-773-0303.

 

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