Thursday March 5
|Family Activity Day + The Craft Gym*
Saturday April 25
The Craft Gym 12-4pm
Family Activity Day 2-4pm
The current exhibition, Inside/Outside, will inspire creating something from the most mundane to the most magnificent. Turn a household paper bag into a fashion statement, and wear it home! RSVP is requred. To RSVP, please email officemgr [at] mocfa.org, or call Betsy Herczeg-Konecny at 415.227.4888 Ext. 10.
The Museum Store is proud to announce our collaboration with San Francisco's very own Craft Gym to offer a series of workshops to our members and visitors! Please join us for a free introductory workshop on Yerba Buena Lane, in front of the Museum, for short lessons on tin punching, embroidery techniques, and paper quilling, taught by Craft Gym founder Jackie Ortega. Patricipation for this workshop is free and open to the public, ages 8 and up. Materials will be provided. For more information, please call the Museum Store at 415.227.4888 Ext. 13.
|Artist Talk with Edgar Arceneaux
Thursday April 30, 6:30pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts co-host an evening presentation with Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux. In conjunction with our curent exhibition Inside/Outside: Artist Environments, Arceneaux discusses his work on the Watts House Project. Extending from the lineage of conceptualism and activist practices, Watts House Project (WHP) is an ongoing collaborative artwork in the shape of a neighborhood redevelopment centered around the historic Watts Towers in Watts, California. Using interdisciplinary approaches, WHP engages art and architecture as a catalyst for expanding and enhancing community.
Following a presentation of the Watts House Project, will be a mediated question and answer session.
In collaboration with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Arceneaux will also participate in Wallworks, an exhibition of international, national, and local commissioned large-scale works directly on walls at YBCA, opening at YBCA July 18 and runs through October 18, 2009.
|American Folk Art
Saturday May 2, 12–5pm
Laird Family Estate Winery
Folk Art enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to indulge their passion for both antique and contemporary folk art at Folk Art Festival 2009. The festival, open to the general public, will be held on the beautiful grounds of Laird Family Estate Winery in Napa, California. A wonderful array of folk art dealers and folk artists will be on hand displaying their collections of unique Americana; ranging from whirligigs, gameboards, tramp art, and dolls, to braided and hooked rugs, paintings and papier mache creations. Click here for Festival information, directions, and participants.
|Book Signing + Sewing Activity with Lotta Jansdotter
Saturday, May 16,
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art is excited to announce a workshop by world-famous linens, stationary, and ceramics designer Lotta Jansdotter to introduce the publication of her new book, Simple Sewing for Baby. Follow along with Lotta as she demonstrates how to create a children’s plush toy. Event will be held from 1-4 on Yerba Buena Lane in front of the Museum. This event is co-sponsored by Chronicle Books, and is free and open to the public, ages 8 and up. For information call 415.227.4888 Ext. 13.
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.
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Watts Towers. Photograph by Seymour Rosen, courtesy of SPACES - Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments.
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Mike Shine. Detail from Shine Shack, Bolinas, California.
Inside/Outside: Artist Environments
March 6—May 24, 2009
Featuring Edgar Arceneaux and Watts House Project, Jacob Sockness, Merritt Wallace, and Megan Wilson, along with historic documentation of famed California environments, and a new commission by Mike Shine.
From folk art environments to homes, artist environment builders blur the lines and push the boundaries of how we define art. Whether inside/outside the mainstream or inside/outside the gallery, the artists represented in the exhibition explore personal visions that speak to specific locales and histories. More specifically, Inside/Outside examines the artist environment builders who generally transform their homes, yards, or other aspects of their personal surroundings into multifaceted works of art that embody and express the locale—time, era, place—in which each of them live and work.
A concise history of folk art environments is traced through the gallery in the form of photographs, maps, objects, and didactics that illustrate the unique visions of individual artists who, despite having limited resources, express personal and cultural experiences. Incorporating work of contemporary artists in the midst of documentation of some of California’s most famous environments offers a historical and contextual journey to environments that often sit on the edge of our awareness, but have influenced generations of artists. From folk art environments such as Sam Rodia’s monumental, handmade wire and metal towers, known as Watts Towers in Watts, California to Grandma Prisbrey’s beloved Bottle Village in Simi Valley made from recycled materials found mostly at the dump, California has a rich history of artist environments.
Shine Shack, Bolinas, California
The feature of the exhibition is the recreation of one artist environment: Mike Shine’s Art Shack. Combining elements from surf/skate culture, along with the low-fi era of the 60s, the original shack in Bolinas, California is not only a handmade, customized environment, but also a site of community activities. Recreating the shack in the Museum site offers visitors the opportunity to engage with the work, expanding the community, as well as challenging the greater notions of what belongs inside and outside. The public is invited inside the shack to browse Mike’s reference library, to sit and read, to work on a zine, or to just look more closely at the found and painted materials that make up the seaside, carnival-like shack: from upside skateboard decks functioning as shelves to painted driftwood.
Though the artists in Inside/Outside come from different locales, have different histories, ways of learning, and reasons for art-making, they all participate in the home-as-art-environment practice; each expresses the ineffable qualities of place according to unique understandings and insights, challenging the viewer to question pre-determined categories such as inside and outside, private and public, and to listen instead to the voice of the individual artists.
Emmanuele “Litto” Damonte Hubcap Ranch located near Napa in Pope Valley, California.
Photograph by Seymour Rosen, courtesy of SPACES - Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments.
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