Design Happy Hour with Beau McCall

Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Celebrate National Button Day with an open bar of wine and beer while creating unique necklaces using buttons. During this workshop, artist Beau McCall will teach participants to transform these everyday objects, into eye-catching jewelry pieces that will add style to any outfit while telling a personal story. MAD will provide all the necessary materials, and a live model, Tiffani Renee, will be present during the event. We welcome all skill levels.

Design Happy Hour takes place on select evenings in the museum's Artist Studios space. We invite the public to explore design techniques with some of the city's most exciting makers and creatives. Members enjoy discounted access. Join today!

Attendees are welcome to arrive before 6 pm and visit the exhibition 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now prior to the event.


Beau McCall—enthusiastically proclaimed by American Craft magazine as “The Button Man”—uses mother of pearl, wool, and decorative buttons to touch on various topics including race, economics, social justice, and pop culture. McCall’s wearable and visual artwork is held in public collections such as the Museum of Art and Design (New York), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), The Museum at FIT (New York), Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York), Amistad Research Center (New Orleans), The Museum of Modern Art Library (New York), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art (New York), Stonewall National Museum & Archives (Fort Lauderdale), and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library (San Francisco). Learn more about McCall’s practice.

Beau McCall in his wearable art of button necklaces and a Triple T-shirt. Photo: Souleo

Please review our health and safety protocols before you arrive. MAD strongly recommends all visitors six months and older are vaccinated against Covid-19 and visitors ages two and up wear face coverings, even if vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation.

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