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

Lauren Murrow | April 4, 2013 | Style & Beauty Story Style Galleries and Performance Architecture Neighborhoods

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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