Arts and Entertainment
Art listings are compiled by Sarah Han. Because of space limitations, new art shows are listed the week they open (thereafter, shows are listed on a rotating basis), and we cannot list café exhibits. For information on how to submit listings to this section, see 8 Days a Week. Reviews are by Lindsey Westbrook.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor Lincoln Park (near 34th Ave at Clement); 863-3330. Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm. $8, $6 seniors, $5 for 12 to 17, free for 11 and under (free Tues). "Marks of Creativity: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary California Drawings." Works by various California artists. Through Feb 10. "Richard Diebenkorn: Clubs and Spades." More than 20 prints and drawings from 1981-82 by Diebenkorn. Jan 19-April 28.
Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission; CAR-TOON. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. $2-5. You Say Tomato, I Say Bizarro: A Retrospective of the Works of Dan Piraro. Through Sun/27. Bone Fragments: Short Stories by Jeff Smith. Through Feb 10. Gorey at Bay: Part I - Gorey Style. Through March 31. An Exploration of Cartoon Art. Ongoing.
Jewish Museum San Francisco 121 Steuart; 543-8880. Sun-Thurs, noon-5pm. $3-4, free for 12 and under and members. "Face(t)s of Memory: Found Photographs and Family Albums." Work by Christian Boltanski, Marcelo Bordsky, and a selection of historic photographs from the Judah L. Magnes Museum. Through Jan 31.
Museo Italo Americano Fort Mason Center, Bldg C, Marina at Laguna; 673-2200. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm (first Wed, noon-7pm). $3, $2 students and seniors; free for 11 and under (free first Wed). "John Grillo: A Painter's Life of Expression. Works from 1938 to 2002." Oils, watercolors, etchings, sculptures, and monotypes by John Grillo (reception Thurs/17, 5-7pm). Jan 18-March 30.
Museum of Craft and Folk Art Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 775-0991. Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm. $1-3 (free Sat, 10am-noon; first Weds, 11am-7pm). "Emblems of Passage: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas." Artwork in bone, metal, wood, raffia, and clay from various cultures (reception Wed/16, 5-7pm). Through April 7.
Pacific Heritage Museum 608 Commercial; 399-1124. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. free. "Half a Century of Chinese Paintings by Au-Ho-Nien." A display of works by the Chinese calligrapher, poet, and painter. Through Feb 8.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third St; 357-4000. Fri-Tues, 11am-6pm; Thurs, 11am-9pm. $10, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for 12 and under and members (free first Tues; half-price Thurs, 6-9pm). "Judith Rothschild: An Artist's Search." Paintings by the artist. Through Feb 17. "Points of Departure II: Connecting with Contemporary Art." Exhibition explores art within six thematic contexts. Through June 9.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Tues-Wed and Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-8pm. $6, $3 seniors, students, and youths; free for members (free first Tues). "The Metal Party." A site-specific installation by Josiah McElheny. "Preserve." Installation by Ellen Gallagher. "Taxa." New works by Isabella Kirkland. All exhibits through Sun/27.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $6, $4 seniors and students. "Recent Works by Raymond Howell." An exhibition of 15 works by the Oakland painter and printmaker. Through March 31. "California's Native Grandeur: Preserving Vanishing Landscapes." Fifty paintings by William Wendt, Granville Redmond, Maynard Dixon, William Keith, Thomas Hill, Paul Grimm, and Guy Rose. Through April 14.
UC Berkeley Art Museum 2625 Durant, Berk; (510) 642-0808. Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. $6, $4 seniors and youths, free for 12 and under, members, and UC Berkeley students and faculty. "Ansel Adams from the University of California Collections." Photographs and memorabilia from the UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library holdings. Through March 10. "Migrations: Photographs by Sebastião Salgado." More than 300 black-and-white photographs of immigrants and refugees by the Brazilian photographer. Through March 24.
Ampersand International Arts 1001 Tennessee; 285-0170. Thurs-Fri, 10am-5pm and by appt. "Will Nature Make a Man of Me Yet?," mixed media works by Robert Gutierrez; "Closer," mixed media works by Jeff Morris (reception Fri/18, 5-8pm). Jan 18-Feb 8.
Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery 2811 Mission; 920-0896. Sat-Sun, 2-6pm. "War! What is it Good For?," works by 30 artists of color on the topic of terrorism and the mass media (reception Fri/18, 8pm-midnight). Jan 18-29.
Catharine Clark 49 Geary; 399-1439. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Animalism," works by Walter Robinson; "Boy," works by Philip Knoll; "Neurotica," works by Tag Team Drawing Project (Robinson and Knoll) (reception Sat/19, 9:30-11:30am). Jan 17-Feb 23.
Lab 2948 16th St; 864-8855. Wed-Sat, 1-6pm or by appt. "Roadside Attractions," works by Leslie Henslee (reception Fri/18, 6-9pm). Jan 18-Feb 16.
Meridian Gallery 545 Sutter; 398-7229. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Mixed media wall works by Stanley Chan, Christopher Duncan, and Dennis Parlante (reception Thurs/17, 6-8pm). Jan 17-March 2.
Thacher Gallery University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton; 422-2660. Mon-Fri, noon-5:30pm. "Cultures and Community: the USF Faculty/Staff Exhibition," a juried exhibition of works. Jan 22-Feb 24.
Upper Playground 228 Fillmore; 252-0144. Wed-Sun, 1-7pm. "Just Say No?," works by 18 artists including Zephyr, Sam Flores, Mike Giant, Satoshi Kamata, Luciano Duran, Rob Sato, Lisel Ashlock, "king edmond," and Mik (reception Thurs/17, 7-10pm). Jan 17-Feb 7.
Bedford Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic, Walnut Creek; (510) 295-1417. Tues-Sun, noon-5pm (also Thurs-Sat, 6-8pm). "On the Land: Creatures, Cowboys, and Developers," photographs by Matt O'Brien (reception Wed/16, 5:30-7:30pm). Through March 10.
Creative Growth Art Center 355 24th St, Oakl; (510) 836-2340. Mon-Fri, 11am-5:30pm and by appt. "Abstract;" "2002 Print Portfolio" (reception Thurs/17, 5-8pm). Jan 17-Feb 22.
Jazzschool 2807 Addison, Berk; (510) 845-5373. Call for hours. "Rhythms," sculpture, neon, music, and video projections by Kati Casida (reception Sun/20, 6-8pm). Jan 20-Feb 2.
Olive Hyde 123 Washington, Fremont; (510) 791-4357. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. "Plugged In: Images, Objects, and Sounds," works by Andrew Kleindolph, Anna Vaughan, and Les Barta (reception Wed/16, 7-9pm). Through Feb 16.
Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett, Richmond; (510) 620-6772, www.therichmondartcenter.org. Tues-Fri, 10am-4:30pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm. "The Art of Living Black," the sixth annual exhibition of works by black artists (reception Feb 2, 3-6pm). Through March 16.
San Pablo Arts Gallery San Pablo Civic Center, One Alvarado Square, 13831 San Pablo; (510) 836-2663. Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Hot Off the Press," prints by Maj-Britt Hilstrom, Virginia Monroe, Sherry Smith Bell, and Ellen Yamada Tzvetin (reception Sun/20, 1-3pm). Jan 19-March 17.
Robert Allen Fine Art 427 Bryant; 777-0920. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. "Wild River/Red Canyon: New work on canvas," acrylic paintings by Geoffrey Williams. Through Jan 31.
Alliance Française 1345 Bush; 775-7755. Mon-Thurs, 9am-9pm; Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9am-1pm. "Paysans et Paysages," works by Michael O'Shea (reception Thurs/17, 6-8pm). Through Feb 9.
ArtHaus 1053 Bush, Ste 2; 922-8219. Call for appt. "The Big Picture," large-scale works by various artists. Through March 30.
Art Hut 626 Clayton, Apt D; 437-0949. Call for appt. "IN plein air," site-specific installation and other works of Christopher Ballantyne. Through Sat/26.
Aurobora Press 147 Natoma; 546-7880. Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Review 2001," new works by Benglais, Kemp, Rideal, Rivera, Wilson, and Zurier. Through Jan 31.
Eleonore Austerer 540 Sutter; 986-2244. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "The Artistic Response of a Wartime Era; Ernst, Picasso, Moore, and Matisse," various works by the four major 20th century masters. Through Jan 31.
John Berggruen 228 Grant; 781-4629. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm. "Recent Paintings," work by Bruce Cohen. Through Feb 9. "Oh Beautiful!," paintings, drawings, and sculpture by more than 20 American artists. Through March 2.
Canessa 708 Montgomery; 296-9029. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. Paintings by Rinaldo, Cyrus, and Egisto Cuneo. Through Jan 31.
Dolby Chadwick 266 Sutter, Fourth fl; 956-3560. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. "Wordworks," new works by Kim Frohsin. Through Sat/26.
Crown Point Press 20 Hawthorne; 974-6273. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. New etchings, photogravures, and sculptures by Markus Raetz. Through March 7.
Door.7.Gallery 2316 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 763-6494. Call for hours. Paintings by Alex Kopps and Christopher A. Ruess. Through Jan 31.
Durka Chang Gallery Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason; 474-4532. Call for hours. "Horizons and Recent Works," series of works on paper by Daniel Goldstein (reception Wed/16, call for time). Through Feb 4.
Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Installation by Jan Bythe. Through Feb 2. Recent paintings by Ying Yin. Through Feb 2. Recent paintings by Raul Soruco (reception Sat/19, 2-4pm). Through Feb 2.
Erickson and Elins 345 Sutter; 981-1080. Tues-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Rhythms," works by Jerome Kirk. Through Feb 16.
Hosfelt Gallery 430 Clementina; 495-5454. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Drawings," pen and ink drawings by Jacob El Hanani; "Hunt-the-Slipper," two films by Orit Raff. Through Sat/19.
Intersection for the Arts 446 Valencia; 626-2787. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm. "Frankenstein's Heart," biographical portraits by Kim Abeles. Through Sat/19.
Kings Gallery 1187 Franklin; 776-4580. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sun, noon-2pm. "Simple Pleasures," recent paintings by Rebecca Lyon; "Afghan Heritage," paintings by exiled Afghan artists. Through Mon/28.
Max Furniture 1633 Fillmore; 440-9002. Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun noon-5. New paintings by New York artist Rene Fressola; recent paintings by Wanda Beth Zenger (reception Fri/25, 7-9pm). Through Feb 3.
New Conservatory Theater 25 Van Ness; 777-8242. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "Belches and Blossoms," works by Leroy Morvant (reception Tues/22, 5-7pm). Through Tues/29.
Oxman College 375 Third Ave; 751-6461. Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Spirit and Soul," paintings by Russian artists. Through Thurs/24.
Presidio Officer's Club Exhibition Hall 50 Moraga; (800) 965-4827 or www.atthepresidio.org. Mon, Thurs-Sun, 10am-5pm; Wed, 10am-8pm. "Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age; Woodblock Prints from the Meiji Era, 1868-1912," 70 woodblock prints. Through Mon/21.
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place; 252-2568. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Indivisible: Stories of American Community," a traveling postcard show. Through Jan 31. "Star and Stone Fine Arts Exhibition," paintings and drawings by Chinese artists from the Bay Arts Association. Through Feb 24. "Measuring Time," monoprint etchings by Lydia Ricci. Through Feb 24.
San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin; 557-4400. Mon, 10am-6pm; Tues-Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Open hArt," individual glass case exhibits by Bay Area artists located on various floors of the library. Through Jan 31.
Shapiro 760 Market, Ste 248; 398-6655. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm. "Street Photography from New York to Los Angeles," work by Joe Schwartz. Through Sat/26.
Marcel Sitcoske 251 Post; 434-4804. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon, by appt. "Flug (Flight)," work by Sharon Harper. Through Sat/26.
39th Exposure Gallery and Studio San Francisco Film Centre, Bldg 39, 39 Mesa, Studio 4; 561-3123. Tues-Sat, 1-6pm and by appt. "Afghanistan: A Silent Majority," photographs by Jason Florio. Through Fri/18.
Weinstein 253 Grant; 397-6177. Daily, 10am-7pm. Leonor Fini and Her Contemporaries: Surrealism Through the Eyes of Women Artists," oil paintings, watercolors, pen, and ink works. Through Jan 31.
Alice Arts Center 1428 Alice, Oakl; (510) 238-7221. Call for times. Works by Leslie Laurien, S. Newman, and Pashyanti Carole Hand. Through Mon/28.
Ardency Gallery 709 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 836-0831. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Analogous Biology: Balance and Use," work by Mark J. Leavitt. Through Sat/19.
Babilonia 1808 1808 Fifth St, Berk; (510) 549-1808. Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Free Aesthetic Pleasure Now!" Manuel Ocampo is still best known for the paintings that he made in the early 1990s: controversial images of swastikas, crosses, and other highly charged religious and cultural icons. But this gallery show his first in the Bay Area since 1994 features his newest paintings and mixed-media works, and it shows him moving in a totally different, kitschy, cartoonish direction. His new agenda is railing against the art establishment. His primary targets are critics and scholars and all of their complicated jargon and highfalutin theories. It seems that Ocampo is trying to undermine critics' attempts to dissect his work by deliberately making it mean as little as possible, as in his canvas that contains nothing but the words: "A Painting Making a Blank Statement Leaving Nothing to Be Explained." For an artist of his stature, of course, there's no avoiding the critics, but Ocampo is practically belligerent in his warning against reading too much into what he's doing these days. Old fans might be disappointed in his new work, or else they'll love it for what it is on its own terms. Through Sat/19. (Westbrook)
Gallery 16 1616 16th St; 626-7495. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Recent works by Stefan Kirkeby. Through Feb 16.
Heritage Square Building 62nd St at Hollis, Emeryville; (510) 653-1655. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm. "Sight Specific," works by 10 Bay Area artists (reception Sun/20, noon-4pm). Through March 1.
Flora Lamson Hewlett Library Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge, Berk; (510) 649-2541. Call for hours. "Holocaust Drawings," 21 works on paper by Cleve Gray. Through Fri/25.
Hollis Street Project 5900 Hollis, Emeryville; (510) 653-1655. Daily, 8am-6pm. "Fresh Paint," a group show featuring works by Bay Area painters; "Chemistry," a group show featuring works by Bay Area photographers; "Ton of Joy," a group show featuring paintings and sculptures (all receptions Sun/20, noon-4pm). All exhibits through March 1.
NIAD Art Center 551 23rd St, Richmond; (510) 620-0290. Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm. "Art from the Heart," handmade jewelry, hand-painted scarves, quilts and more for exhibition and sale. Through Jan 31.
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery 942 Clay, Oakl; (510) 625-1350. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "You Ought'a Be in Pictures," a group show featuring the work of Steve DeFrank, Rob Conger, and Jason Mecier. Through Feb 2. See Critic's Choice.
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 200 N. San Pedro, San Rafael; (415) 444-8000. Call for hours. "From the Edge of Destruction: The Paintings of Joseph Bau" (reception Jan 31, 7:30pm). Through April 15.
Pacific Art League of Palo Alto 668 Ramona, Palo Alto; (650) 321-3891. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. "Women of the Printroom," work by Ewa Gavrielov, Claudia Marshall, Martha Kimball-Putnam, and Marianne Schlumberger (reception Fri/18, 6-8pm). Through Jan 30. "Inside Out," juried exhibition. Through Jan 31.
21 Grand 21 Grand, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. Thurs, 1-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. "All Grown Up," new paintings and drawings by Amy Chan. Through Feb 2.