JUL17 - OCT11
Wed., Fri., Sat., 12:30 - 5:30PM and Thu., 12:30 - 7:30PM
The Gallery will open at 1:30 pm on the following Thursdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 9, 16
MP+D, 893B Folsom St.

The transformative power of hats has been used through time and accross continents
to assert social status, gender role, and authority. On stage, hats contribute to 
theatricalize life-inspired and imaginary characters and enhance their emotional dimensions. 
Shaping Character showcases two dozens of hats from our collection and features productions
from Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballets, The Ballets Russes, and artists such as Dorothy Kirsten, Bidu
Sayao and designer Goncharova.

Open and free to the public
Wed.-Sat., 12:30-5:30Pm (Thu. 12:30-7:30pm)
Info: 415-255-4800


Third Thursday in Yerba Buena
Thursday Aug. 21, 5:30-7:30pm
MP+D, 893B Folsom St.

As a boon to Third Thursday, the documentary on the popular show/hats extravaganza documentary "That's Beach Blanket Babylon!" will be looping in our viewing lounge.

Yerba Buena ARTWALK
Saturday Oct. 11, 4-7pm
MP+D, 893B Folsom St.

Did you ever dream of wearing one of the hats from our collection? This is your chance! SHAPING CHARACTER comes to life with caricature artists sketching quick portraits of visitors embellished with one of the hats from our collection currently on display. Be an Indian Prince, a Norma or a ballerina fthrough the magic of a drawingn and experience the transformative power of hats to shape character. Free and open to the public.

Third Thursday in Yerba Buena

Launching Two Online Collections:

Christensen Family Digital Archive 
Anna Halprin Digital Archive

Thursday Sept. 18, 5:30-7:30pm
MP+D, 893B. Folsom St.

MP+D celebrates dance with the launch of its Christensen Family Digital Archive and Anna Halprin Digital Archive websites, two new online collections featuring 1000 images from MP+D's collection. Get insights into the two unique collections and tips on navigating the two websites with MP+D archivist Supriya Wronkiewiecz. Enjoy learning about American dance icons Lew Christensen and Anna Halprin watching "The Triumph of American Dance" and "Lawrence and Anna Halprin: Inner Landscape" films looping in our screening lounge.

LAUCHING two new online collections:




San Francisco Ballet, Christensen Society Reception (By invitation only)
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30pm
MP+D, 893B Folsom St.

San Francisco Ballet joins MP+D to celebrate the launch of the Museum of Performance + Design's Christensen Family Archive website, a newly digitized photographic collection featuring 500 photographs and documents from the Christensen/Caccialenza papers and Henry McDowell Memorial Photography Collection. San Francisco Ballet archivist Supriya Wronkiewicz leads a tour of the digital archive while guests enjoy wine and hors-d'oeuvres (By invitation only)

Third Thursday in Yerba Buena

Something Frightful!
Thursday Oct. 16, 5-7:30pm
MP+D, 893B. Folsom St.
Free and open to the public

MP+D celebrates October with Something Frightful!, a one night only display of horror themed items from our performing arts archive collection. Discover scary puppets, masks and memorabilia while viewing a thrilling vintage Sondheim Sweeny Todd and listening to other hair raising recordings. For all audiences.