Museum of Craft and Design 2569 Third St./22nd St., Dogpatch. Tu-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5, closed M. $8, seniors $6, under 13 free; free Tu. Free tour, Sun at 1.
Located within the historic American Industrial Center building, which was originally home to the American Can Company, this museum moved a few years ago from its downtown location to the rustic Dogpatch neighborhood, with its galleries, shops, and restaurants. The museum’s self-stated mission is “to be an environment for experiencing innovative contemporary work in craft and design that engages the community while stimulating the creative potential in peoples’ lives.” Though small, the gift shop is exceptional, and you can visit it without paying admission to the museum.
The current gallery show—Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft—runs through September 13, 2015. It features the the work of almost 20 Netherlands’ designers who follow the theme with innovative production materials and the reinterpretation of old techniques. My favorites among them are “Sleeping Gold” (Grietje Schepers, 2014)--a moving, almost breathing, blob of gold lame fabric that I found reminiscent of ocean waves; and “Wanna Swap Your Ring?” (Ted Noten, 2010), which from a distance represents the outline of a handgun but up close turned me into a pack rat by inviting me to take one of 750 hot-pink miss piggy rings from within the exhibit and leave behind something of mine (I left a pen; wait until you see what other people left!).
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