Judy Kensley McKie

Museum of Craft and Design

Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters. Judy Kensley McKie is one of America's most beloved furniture designers and makers. Working in her studio in Massachusetts, she has developed animated and personable forms that captivate people of all ages, while also impressing peers for their formal finesse and technical expertise. Particularly iconic, within her oeuvre, are her zoomorphic works: benches that assume the form of monkeys or alligators, tables held up by obedient-looking dogs or alert hares. These pieces are influenced by the style of Art Deco, but have an offbeat charm all their own; they somehow manage to achieve a sleek sophistication while also recalling a hand-drawn children's book.

This is what SF/Arts curator Betsy Crabtree had to say about Judy Kensley McKie :

Designer/furniture maker Judy Kensley McKie creates benches in the form of monkeys or alligators and tables supported by devoted dogs and compliant hares. Here, the focus is her collaboration with specialist artist foundry Artworks, which realized her furniture in bronze. The exhibition focuses on the technical repertoire that “lies beneath these consummately crafted objects.” Free first Tue of the month.

Event Info
Jun 02 → Oct 28
Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun noon-5 pm
Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street, San Francisco
Info: 415/773-0303
Venue: 415-773-0303
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