Thursday, May 8, 5-7pm
First Thursdays of the month,
6-9pm (June 5 and July 3)*
Artist Travis Meinolf and others lead hands-on workshops to explore the power of symbols. Watch a demonstration, make your own symbol, and take it home with you. All ages welcome.
Glass Trunk Show
Friday, June 6 & Saturday, June 7
The MOCFA Museum Store invites you to join us in the store to meet and shop the newest designs from some of our favorite local glass artists. Participating artists include: Alexander Abajian, Jeff Benroth, Jaime Guerrero, Olivia Competente, and Terrill Waldman. On Friday, June 6, a reception with artists Alexander Abajian and Jaime Guerrero will be held from 5-7 PM. On June 7 from 12-3 PM, artists Jeff Benroth and Olivia Competente will be on-site for a reception. Olivia Competente will be demonstrating her glass-making techniques.
|Family Activity Day
Sunday, June 8, 12-4pm
Create a pinwheel and try it out on Yerba Buena Lane! School Program staff will assist you in the whole process of printing your own paper using potatoes, and then using it to create a red, white and blue pinwheel. Fun for kids of all ages!
|Presentation and Book Signing
Saturday, July 12, 2pm*
Author of two books, Kit Hinrichs will discuss the art of collecting and sign copies of his latest book, 100 American Flags: A Unique Collection of Old Glory Memorabilia.
|Family Activity Day:
Saturday, July 12, 2-4pm*
Join us at the Museum of Craft & Folk Art for Family Activity Day in conjunction with our current exhibition, American Symbols: Lady Liberty to the Stars & Stripes. Hand-print your own red, white, and blue pinwheel, then try it out on Yerba Buena Lane! Author and curator Kit Hinrichs will also sign copies of his latest book, 100 American Flags: A Unique Collection of Old Glory Memorabilia, which is available for purchase in our Museum Store.
1pm: First Tuesday of every month; 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month*
All events marked * are free with Museum admission.
For more information about these events, please call the Museum at (415) 227-4888.
Pictured in banner above:
Tattooed sailor William Roy, circa 1930
All images shown:
Reprinted with permission from 100 American Flags: A Unique Collection of Old Glory Memorabilia. Copyright © 2008 by Kit Hinrichs, Delphine Hirasuna, & Terry Heffernan, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Terry Heffernan.
From Lady Liberty to the Stars and Stripes
Friday, May 9 – Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art presents American Symbols: From Lady Liberty to the Stars and Stripes, an exploration of the graphic history of the flag, the eagle, the shield, Uncle Sam, and Lady Liberty as used in craft, folk art, and design as well as Native American art, trade and popular art. The more than 75 fascinating items on display are owned by San Francisco resident Kit Hinrichs, an internationally renowned graphic designer and partner in Pentagram Design. Hinrichs has spent over 40 years seeking out intriguing objects to add to his remarkable collection. The Museum is honored to feature a portion of it in this exhibition.
Child's Fourth of July Parade Dress, 1918
American symbols—especially the flag—are so prevalent in our visual culture that we often fail to notice their presence or think about the roles they play. Now, as candidates for office openly debate US military involvement abroad, it is especially appropriate to contemplate how such symbols have been used in the past and present to express the sentiments of Americans in times of war and peace, and in situations of celebration and protest. In addition to conveying overt or subliminal messages, they have been used as graphic elements to adorn a wide variety of decorative and utilitarian objects and—in the spirit of American entrepreneurship—to market goods. Above all, these symbols have been used as concrete representations of the artist’s or maker’s identification as American and as markers of patriotism and national pride—or righteous indignation. Contemporary artists in particular have integrated these symbols into works that present provocative interpretations, encouraging thoughtful dialogue.
Beginning with the flag made by his great-great-great aunt Ida Pepperkorn in 1865, Kit Hinrichs has spent over 40 years seeking out intriguing objects to add to his remarkable collection. As a member of a profession where creating graphic symbols is an important aspect of his work, he appreciates the challenge of coming up “with visual icons that evoke immediate recognition, emotional power, and universal meaning.” As a collector, his passion is the joy of discovering new and wonderful examples of American symbols that deepen his appreciation of our history, and the resourcefulness of the “designer” that resides in all of us, from artist to average citizen.
Collaged Flag, 1943
Paper stamps and envelopes, ink