Museum Hours
MAD is open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. On Thursday and Friday, the Museum is open until 9:00 pm
Docent Tours
There are docent tours daily at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm, as well as 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings. Docent tours are free with admission and meet in the lobby.
Artist Studios
The Artist Studios are open daily from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, as well as 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Visit Dana Melamed this Saturday in the Artist Studios at MAD.

Dana Melamed explores the power struggle between humanity and the environment through assembled wall sculptures, each comprising a unique urban topography. Melamed composes her work layer upon layer, fusing scratched patches of foil, paper, wood, found industrial objects, and...

Visit Xin Liu this Tuesday–Saturday in the Artist Studios at MAD.

Mixing scientific research with personal narratives, Xin Liu creates transformative, participatory experiences and bodily objects to examine the constitution of subjectivity and affects. She trained as an engineer for two decades, and technology functions as her native...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Interested in becoming a docent at MAD? Join us for an info session about the docent program.

Antonia A. Perez

Estas En Tu Casa, 2015
Crocheted plastic bags
64" x 108"

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Inspired by the Crochet Coral Reef: Toxic Seas and Josh Blackwell: Neveruses Report Progress exhibitions, both currently on view at the Museum, this workshop focuses on up-cycling plastic bags into something new and useful.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Artist-in-residence WonJung Choi works intricately in metal; in this iteration of MADmakes, she will lead visitors through an exercise using intricately cut paper that mirrors her own process to produce miniature objects that reflect one’s ever-changing identity.

Image courtesy of Susan Fanshel and Frank Aveni.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Peter Voulkos Working offers a window into three distinct chapters of his unprecedented career. “Voulkos and Company” is a portrait of the artist at work on the final stages of a monumental cast bronze sculpture commissioned for the San Francisco Hall of Justice.

Image courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix and the Cha Estate.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm

In her highly theoretical and poetic film works, Cha uses performance, speech, and text to explore interactions of language, meaning, and memory.

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Discover the art and design made at MAD with the residents of the Artist Studios Program. Join outgoing artists as they discuss their work in a Pecha Kucha style presentation in the Theater at MAD.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

At this full-day professional development workshop, teachers are invited to look through the curatorial lenses of two artists—Françoise Grossen, a fiber artist who rejected the loom in the 1960s to create a novel kind of weaving through knotting rope, and Lauren Kalman, a performance artist and metalsmith whose practice investigates beauty, adornment, body image, value, and consumer culture.

Exhibitions on view

<p>Institute For Figuring&apos;s <em>Crochet Coral Reef</em> project, 2005–ongoing.<br />Photo courtesy of the Institute For Figuring</p>

By Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring

Thursday, September 15, 2016 to Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tell It By Heart

Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Sunday, February 5, 2017

Little Maid, 2014
Chris Antemann in collaboration with MEISSEN®
Courtesy of MEISSEN®

Forbidden Fruit

Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Sunday, February 5, 2017
Josh Blackwell

Neveruses (Unnamed), 2014
plastic bags, wool, silk, paper, acrylic paint
23.5 x 23.5 x 3 inches
photo courtesy Peter Owsiany

Neveruses Report Progress

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to Sunday, February 19, 2017

Contact III, 1977 (detail)
Françoise Grossen
Photo: Joshua White/
Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lauren Kalman, But if the Crime is Beautiful... (Strangers to the Garden) installation, 2016
Photo: Tom Little
Courtesy of the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.

But if the Crime Is Beautiful…

Thursday, October 20, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Breakthrough Years

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MAD Collects

Monday, November 28, 2016 to Monday, September 11, 2017

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