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Sunday Steams @ The Craft Contemporary

  • Craft Contemporary 5814 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90036 United States (map)

M&A and Craft Contemporary presents Steam Egg Summer Edition! Join us for an experiment in social steaming on select Sundays.

Continuing from our winter residence in Mandarin Plaza, Materials & Applications and Craft Contemporary is pleased to present the summer iteration of the Steam Egg. Designed and built by the artist Michael Parker, Steam Egg is a public sculpture and fully-functional steam room that is mirrored on the outside and mortared on the inside. Guests are invited to climb up and into this ovoidal-shaped steam room and immerse themselves in a hot, intimate setting with friends and strangers*. The heated vapors are infused with specially devised scents selected by our Herb-J (kinda like a DJ but for olfaction). We recommend two or three short rounds of steaming. 

Materials & Applications and Michael Parker will host five steam sessions at the Craft Contemporary this summer: 

Sunday, June 30th
12PM - 3PM 

Sunday, July 7th
12PM - 3PM

Sunday, July 14th
12PM - 4PM  

Sunday, August 4th 
12PM - 3PM

Sunday, August 25th 
12PM - 3PM

5814 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(Across from Page Museum / LACMA)

The events are free and open to the public. Please BYOBS (bathing suit) and BYOT (towel) - though we have a few dozen on hand. Drinking water and changing rooms are provided. 

Steam Egg is located in the Craft Contemporary Courtyard, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, La Brea. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at with any accessibility questions or needs.

*Though it may not look like it from the outside, the Steam Egg can comfortably fit six to seven people at any one time.

About Michael Parker

Michael Parker lives and works in Los Angeles where he teaches sculpture at California State University, Long Beach, and is currently on the Programming Committee at Human Resources Los Angeles. He holds a BA from Pomona College (‘00) and an MFA from USC (‘09). He is a recipient of the California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artists Fellowship, Public Art Residency at Heart of Los Angeles, Center for Cultural Innovation Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant, and Printed Matter Award for Artists.

About Craft Contemporary

Located on Los Angeles’ historic Miracle Mile since 1965, Craft Contemporary reveals the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower. With a focus on contemporary art made from craft media and processes, Craft Contemporary presents dynamic exhibitions by established and emerging artists and designers who are often underrepresented in larger art institutions. Through a robust roster of regular programs and events, Craft Contemporary offers creative opportunities for the public to participate in hands-on workshops led by professional artists. Craft Contemporary cultivates an environment for people in Los Angeles to deepen their relationship to art, creativity, and one another. 

Earlier Event: June 11
EXTENTS Artist Talk + Closing Party
Later Event: January 1
Staging Construction