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nov 13

Craft & Design museum turns 5

"Teardrop" by Michael Peterson (Courtesy Rex Rystedt/SFMC+D)
"Coastal Stack IV" by Michael Peterson (Courtesy Rex Rystedt/SFMC+D)

San Francisco is home to plenty of fantastic museums—SFMOMA and the deYoung immediately spring to mind. But next time you're in town, consider the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design, located at 550 Sutter Street, less than two blocks from Union Square.

The museum, which just celebrated its 5th-birthday, focuses on commercial art and design. Past exhibitions have featured 12 local graphic designers, a retrospective of wine labels, a collection of toys designed by artists, and the latest modern pieces from West Coast furniture designers.

SFMC+D caught my eye because of its current exhibition, Michael Peterson's Evolution/Revolution. Peterson is a Pacific Northwest artist who uses wood to make beautiful, unexpected sculptures and objects. He emulates natural elements and their effect on wood; for example, he sometimes uses bleach to react with the surface of the wood, just like sun would "bleach" it over time.

SFMC+D is open every day but Monday, and admission is a suggested donation of $3 for adults; kids 18 and under are free.

Read the Seattle Times review of the exhibition.

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