The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design announced more than a year ago that it had found a permanent home in the American Industrial Center, a former can factory that still looms on Third Street in Dogpatch. But it's taken a while to complete the move. Finally, though, the museum has a hard opening date.
The official grand opening takes place on Friday, April 5, but it's invitation only. The general public gets to drop by starting Saturday, April 6, when there will be free admission, a food truck roundup, and family events including a pine wood derby. Classic!
The space is big, open, and pretty raw, which is good for the changing exhibits that will grace it. Here's what the museum's website says about the design of its new home at 2569 Third St.:
Designed by Gary Hutton Design and architect-of-record McCall Design Group, the 8,500 square foot museum incorporates 4,000 square feet of flexible exhibition and public programming space, while housing the Museum’s office spaces and a converted loading dock streetfront Museum Store. A primary characteristic is the use of glass and concrete, which creates a transparent visual poetry in the delineation of the entrance and interior spaces and maintains the industrial integrity of the building. Coupled with exposed industrial ducting, 24 foot concrete columns and ceilings, brick, movable walls and thoroughly considered sight lines, the museum will be an exciting new arts destination in San Francisco and beacon for the historic Dogpatch district.
Opening-day exhibits include Creatures of the Deep, by Arline Fisch; A Sculptural Odyssey 1968-2011, by Michael Cooper; and Affinity, by Rebecca Hutchinson. But we're especially looking forward to an upcoming summer exhibit called Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller. Check back for more on that as it approaches. Meanwhile, please join us in wishing the SFMCD a happy homecoming.