Museum of Performance + Design Adds Hat Exhibit to Collection

Museum of Performance + Design Adds Hat Exhibit to Collection

Located in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D) is the only independent, non-profit art organization in the United States devoted to the history of performing arts and theatrical design. Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with the San Francisco Ballet, the organization was long known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) until it changed its name to Museum of Performance + Design in 2007. MP+D has served the arts community for over sixty years as a cultural resource and an archive for some of our nation's most important performance related materials. It manages a rare collection of 3.5M items on the history of performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area, maintains a comprehensive Research Library, and hosts a variety of engaging public events onsite and online. MP+D recently moved from the Veterans Building in the Civic Center to a creative loft space in SOMA in the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood.

The Missions of the Museum are:

- to preserve the history of the performing arts in the Bay Area by collecting, archiving and making accessible material related to performance and theatrical design;


- foster public knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts through diverse programs onsite and online.

Former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Muriel Maffre launches a new exhibition of 35 "Hats From Our Collection" as part of the Yerba Buena's Third Thursday arts event. It will include headwear from "Le Coq d'Or," Mary Martin's "Honey Bun" cap in "South Pacific" and a fheaddress from the Ourkrainsky Ballet.

Check out the latest exhibits and events here.