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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). "Selected Masterworks: The Marcia and John Friede Collection of New Guinea Art." Nineteen works from the Friede Collection. Through Sun/5. "À toute épreuve: An Artist's Book Masterpiece by Joan Miró." Book illustrations by Miró. Through May 19.

Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm (Wed until 9pm). $9, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths (free first Wed). "Ten Things I Can Count On." Machine installation by Bruce Cannon. "Three-Dimensional Zoetrope." Work by Stewart Dickson. Both exhibits through Sun/5. "Moebius Band." Interactive installation by Valeska Peschke. Through Sun/5.

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). "Eva Hesse." Nearly 150 sculptures, paintings, and works on paper by the artist. Through May 19. "Jack Stauffacher: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design." Almost 25 prints by the artist. Through May 26. "Perfect Acts of Architecture." Works by Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, and Bernard Tschumi. Through May 26.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Tues-Sun, 11am-6pm (first Thurs, 11am-8pm). $6, $3 seniors, students, and youths; free for members (free first Tues). "The Film Art of Isaac Julien." Video and film projects by the British filmmaker. "The Cockettes." An exhibition devoted to the drag theater troupe from the early '70s. "Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!" An exhibition of posters, books, video, and more. "2000 Dragons." A 500-foot-long work by San Francisco painter and tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy (reception Sat/4, 8-11pm). May 4-July 14.

Bay Area

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $6, $4 seniors and students. "Being There: 45 Oakland Artists." Work in a variety of media by Oakland-based contemporary artists. Through Sun/12.

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. "Masterworks of Chinese Painting." Paintings from the Ching Yüan Chai Collection. Through May 26. "The Subtle Life of Plants and People." Work by Marion Brenner. Through May 26.



Big Pagoda Company 1903 Fillmore; 563-8727. Tues-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm. "Spectrum," new work by Patrick Dintino. Through Sun/5. "Visions of Utopia," propaganda posters depicting the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76. Through May 31.

Braunstein/Quay 430 Clementina; 278-9850. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. Work by Grace Munakata. May 7-June 1.

City Art 828 Valencia; 970-9900. Wed-Sun, noon-9pm. Work by various artists (reception Fri/3, 7-10pm). May 3-31.

Creativity Explored 3245 16th St; 863-2108. Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm; Sat, 11am-6pm. "Art from the Fire," new work by eight ceramic artists (reception Thurs/2, 7-9pm). May 2-June 22.

Dolby Chadwick 266 Sutter, Fourth fl; 956-3560. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. New paintings Marshall Crossman (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-8pm). May 2-June 1.

Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Works by Lawrence F. Abrahamsen (reception Thurs/2, 6-9pm). May 1-31.

Eleonore Austerer 540 Sutter; 986-2244. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. "Color and Light," sculptures, paintings, lithographs, and linocuts by Roberto Lauro. Through June 5.

509 Cultural Center 509 Ellis; 255-5971. Fri-Sat, noon-5pm, and by appt. "All School Art Show," work by students from the New Traditions Public Elementary School (reception Sat/4, 1-4pm). May 4-18.

Focus Gallery 2423 Polk; 567-9067. Tues and Thurs, noon-9pm; Wed and Fri-Sun, noon-6pm. "Women Nude," photographs by Sandra Merritt (reception Thurs/9, 6-9pm). Through May 31.

Fraenkel 49 Geary, 981-2661. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Recent Acquisitions," work by Richard Misrach and Carelton Watkins. May 2-June 29.

Gallery Lux 521 Seventh St; 864-2222. Wed-Fri, 1-5pm, and by appt. "Border Crossing," recent work by Nathaniel Price. May 3-June 22.

Gallery Paule Anglim 14 Geary; 433-2710. Tues-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat 10am-5pm. New work by Barry McGee (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 1.

Gregory Lind Gallery 49 Geary; 296-9661. Tues-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "Between a Sprig and a Spray," painting by Donald Traver (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 15.

Hackett-Freedman 250 Sutter, Fourth fl; 362-7152. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "The Sculptor's Notebook," work by Tor Archer; recent paintings by Jim McVicker (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 1. "Evolution/Revolution," work by Hans Hofmann (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 29.

HANG 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. New paintings by Bob Stang (reception Thurs/2, 6-8pm). May 2-20.

HANG Annex 565 Sutter; 434-4264. Call for hours. "On the Surface," work by Jylian Gustlin and Dana McCutcheon (reception Thurs/2, 6-8pm). May 2-20.

Heather Marx Gallery 77 Geary, Second flr; 627-9111. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. New work by Philip Krohn (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 1.

Jack Adams Hall SFSU, Chavez Student Center, 19th Ave and Holloway; 338-2229. Tues, 4-9pm; Wed, 9am-9pm; Thurs, 9am-2pm. "Spank: Design That Leaves a Mark," designs and gadgets made by students in various media (reception Tues/7, 6-9pm). Tues/7-Thurs/9.

Jenkins Johnson Gallery 464 Sutter; 677-0770. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. "The Fruitful Menagerie," still-life paintings by Michael Zigmond (reception Sat/4, 6-8pm). May 2-29.

Jewett Gallery San Francisco Main Library, Lower level, 100 Larkin; 557-4277. Sun, noon-5pm; Mon and Sat, 10-6pm; Tues-Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, noon-6pm. "The Best of the Best," Guild of Bookworkers biennial exhibition (reception Tues/7, 6-8pm). May 7-June 27.

Robert Koch 49 Geary; 421-0122. Tues-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "Shipbreaking, the Second Voyage," large-scale color photographs by Edward Burtynsky. May 2-June 29.

Limn Gallery 292 Townsend; 977-1300. Wed-Sat, 11am-5:30pm; Sun, 9am-3pm. "Glass and Paper," work by Kazua Kadonaga; work by seven contemporary Japanese artists. May 3-July 3.

Mark I. Chester Studio 1229 Folsom; 621-6294. By appt. "Michael Rosen: 25 Years of Sexual Art," photography by Michael Rosen (reception Sat/4. 1pm-midnight). May 4-June 2.

Octavia's Haze 498 Hayes; 255-6818. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. Paintings by Kristie Rolke. Through June 30.

Rena Bransten Gallery 77 Geary; 982-3292. Tues-Thurs, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. New work by Vik Muniz; new cutout drawings by Irene Pijoan (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 8.

Scott Nichols 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 788-4641. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm, and by appt. "In/Visible Cosmos," work by Susannah Hays (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-July 6.

Shapiro 760 Market, Ste 248; 398-6655. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm. "California in Transition," photographs by Horace Bristol (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 1.

SomArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan; 552-2131. Tues-Sun, noon-4pm. "Zurag! Women Artists of Mongolia," work by 17 Mongolian artists (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-25.

Stephen Wirtz Gallery Bankers Investment Bldg, 49 Geary; 433-6879. Call for hours. New photographs by Michael Kenna; new paintings by Lauren McIntosh (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). May 2-June 15.

Studio Nine Three Nine 939 Pacific; 391-9583. Sat-Sun, noon-5pm; Tues and Thurs, 7pm-10pm; and by appt. New paintings by Jack Hirschman and Agnetta Falk (reception Fri/3, 8pm-midnight). May 3-31.

Studio Z TV 314 11th St; 221-7100. Mon-Thurs, noon-7pm. "Register This," work by 10 artists in various media (receptions Thurs/2, 6-9pm; May 30, 6-8pm). May 2-30.

Tangent Contemporary Art 355 Bryant, Ste 307; 977-0920. By appt. Drawings, prints, and animation by Jakub Kalousek (reception Thurs/2, 6-8pm). Through June 30.

Tercera Gallery 550 Sutter; 773-0303. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "For the Love of Dogs," canine-focused work by 24 artists (reception Sun/5, 2-5pm). May 2-31.

Terrainarts 163 Jessie; 896-0249. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm. "Work," new paintings by Julie Hodge (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-8pm). May 2-June 1.

Toomey-Tourell Fine Art 49 Geary; 989-6444. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Paintings by Stephanie Weber (reception Thurs/2, 5:30-7:30pm). Through May 31.

Triangle Gallery 47 Kearny, Fifth floor; 392-1686. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Paintings by Edythe Bresnahan. Through Sat/4. "Celestial Musings," work by Roger Berry, Robert Hartman, Carleen Keating, Elaine Myers, Stephanie Peek, Louis Siegriest, and Lynn Sondag (reception Thurs/9, 5:30-7:30pm). May 7-June 8.

Bay Area

ACCI 1652 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 843-2527. Tues-Thurs, 11am-6pm; Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "MiX490: SocialWorks," work by 11 Bay Area artists (reception Fri/3, 6-9pm). May 3-18. "Organic," work by six Bay Area artists (reception Fri/3, 6-8pm). May 3-June 14.

John F. Kennedy University Arts and Consciousness Gallery Berkeley Business Center, 2956 San Pablo, Berk; (510) 649-0499. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. Work by Io Anna Sinou (reception Sat/11, 6-9pm). May 6-16.

Mills College Art Museum 5000 MacArthur, Oakl; (510) 430-2164. Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm. "Mills Master of Fine Arts Exhibition 2002," work by various artists (reception Sun/5, 2-4pm). May 3-26.

Third Street Grind Gallery 464 Third St, Oakl; (510) 653-1548. Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3:30pm. "Paintings from the Kitchen Floor," oil on canvas by Christine Carmel Atkins. Through Thurs/2. "Virtue," mixed-media visual form by six Bay Area artists (reception May 19, 2-4pm). May 6-30.

21 Grand 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 451-9446. Thurs, 1-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. Neosymbolist paintings by Ruary Allan (reception Thurs/2, 7-10pm). May 2-26.


Anthony Meier 3007 Jackson; 351-1400. Tues-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, by appt. New drawings and works on paper by Robert Beck. Through Fri/10.

Aurobora Press 147 Natoma; 546-7880. Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. "22 X 30," monotypes by various artists. Through May 30.

Becker-Colonna Egyptian Gallery San Francisco State University, Humanities Bldg, 1600 Holloway, Rm 510; 338-1500. Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm. "All Wrapped Up," ancient linen wrappings from Tutankhamen's funerary cache. Through Wed/1.

Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery 750 Kearny, Third fl; 957-1146. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. "Slowly Enter," works by Shari Arai DeBoer, Jacqueline A. Ford, Kay Kang, Nakazato LaFreniere, Cynthia Tom, and Katherine Westerhout. Through Fri/10.

Diego Rivera San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 771-7020. Daily, 9am-9pm. A collaborative show featuring works by Matthew Umphrey, Robert Vergera, Chris Baird, and Corey French. Through Sun/5.

Don Soker Contemporary Art 49 Geary; 291-0966. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Recent works by Peter Boyer (reception Thurs/2, 5-7pm). Through June 1.

Fifty24SF 228 Fillmore; 252-0144. Wed-Sun, 1-7pm. Drawings, paintings, and sculpture by Kent Williams. Through Sun/5.

Fort Haggis 3030 20th St, Unit B; 282-9673. Sun, noon-5pm, and by appt. "Under, Over, True," work by Erin Forrest and Cooper Lee Bombardier. Through Mon/6.

Gallery 16 1616 16th St; 626-7495. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "Supermarket," photos by Rudy VanderLans. Through May 31. See Critic's Choice.

Lola Gallery 2519 Mission; 401-6800. By appt. "Symmetry 2002," fine art, furniture, fashion, and short film by 15 artists. Through June 15.

Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market; 255-5971. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm, and by appt. "Flyaway," recent works by Lara Allen, Robert Arnold, Sarah Cain, Amanda Eicher, Amy Franceschini, Shaun O'Dell, Alena S. Rudolph, Christine Shields, and Yutaka Sho. Through Fri/10.

National Japanese American Historical Society Gallery 1684 Post; 921-5007. Mon-Fri, noon-5pm. "Bridges: Works by Contemporary Korean American and Japanese American Women Artists." Through Sat/4.

New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm. "Retrofuturist." The din of multiple sci-fi soundtracks greets you as you enter the New Langton Arts gallery. One of them comes from Leona Christie's Ataraxy video, which seduces you with fantastic images of beautiful cartoon girls floating through a labyrinth of strange machinery. More electronic noises, combined with blinking numbers, glowing grids, and twinkling star clusters, beckon from Yorgo Alexopoulos's Far Moon multimedia installation in the adjoining room. Christie, Alexopoulos, and the five other artists featured in "Retrofuturist" use science fiction-inspired artistic styles from past decades to create works that seem old-fashioned and futuristic at the same time. Through Sat/4. (Westbrook)

111 Minna Gallery 111 Minna; 974-1719. Tues-Fri, 1-7 pm; Sat, 4-7pm. "Surfacer," works by Julie Dummermuth, Anna Haalboom, Sabina Ott, Maria Park, and Mary Ann Strandell. Through Sat/4.

Optical Artistry Studio and Gallery 136 Freelon; 371-1777. Thurs-Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm. "Reply Hazy, Try Again ...," works by 20 artists in various mediums. Through Fri/10.

Patricia Sweetow Gallery 49 Geary; 788-5126. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Work by Peter Dreher (reception Thurs/2, 5-7:30pm). Through May 25.

Presidio Alliance 563 Ruger; 561-3993. Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm, and by appt. Recent works by Kate Protage; work by Dana Spaeth. Through Wed/8.

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery 401 Van Ness; 554-6080. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Openings," work by Libby Black (reception Fri/3, 6-8pm), Liz Cohen (reception Fri/10, 6-8pm), and Will Rogan and Bob Linder (reception May 17, 6-8pm). Through May 18.

39th Exposure Gallery and Studio San Francisco Film Centre, Bldg 39, 39 Mesa, Studio 4; 561-3123. Tues-Sat, 1-6pm, and by appt. "17 Cenas de São Paulo," photographs by George "Crunchy" Gund. Through Fri/3.

UC Berkeley Extension 55 Laguna; (650) 696-1180. Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. "Night Songs," work by students of the UC Berkeley Extension Night Photography course. Through Thurs/2.

Washington Square Gallery 1821 Powell; 291-9255. Wed-Thurs, Sat-Sun, noon-5pm; Fri, 2:30-5:30pm; and by appt. "Fertility," paintings by Diogenes Ballester. Through Sat/4.

Bay Area

African American Museum and Library 659 14th St, Oakl; (510) 637-0200. Tues-Sat, noon-5:30pm. "Tengo Casi 500 Años: Beyond the Middle Passage, Africa's Legacy in the Americas," photographic exhibition of 65 archival silver-gelatin prints. Through Sat/4.

Ardency Gallery 709 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 836-0831. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Urban Re-Visions," works by Tim Burns and Dan Way Harper. Through Sat/4.

ARTSHIP Windows Storefront windows at 19th St and Broadway, Oakl; Daily, 24 hrs. "Girls in the Hall," artwork and writing by girls involved in the juvenile justice system (reception Wed/1, 5:30-7pm). Through June 8.

The Coffee Mill 3363 Grand, Oakl; (510) 465-4224. Sun-Thurs, 6am-6pm; Fri-Sat, 6am-8pm. Contemporary wall quilt by Roberta Renee Baker. Through Sat/4.

East Bay Municipal Utility District Administration Building 375 11th St, Second fl lobby, Oakl; (510) 287-0143. Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm. Works on paper by Alan Lau (reception Tues/7, 11:30am-1pm). Through May 24.

Green Shutter Gallery 22654 Main, Hayward; (510) 538-2787. Wed-Sat, 11am-4pm. 'Fiber 2002," work by Candace Kling, Ellen Oppenheimer, and Wendy Today. Through Fri/3.

Oakland Art Gallery 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Broadway and 14th St, Oakl; (510) 637-0395. Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. "Reverie," wood and bronze sculptures and mixed media works by Dennis Leon. Through Sat/4.

Olive Hyde 123 Washington, Fremont; (510) 791-4357. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. "34th Annual Textile Exhibit," work by contemporary artists using fiber as a material or concept. Through Sat/4.

Osceola Gallery 4053 Harlan, Ste 305, Emeryville; (510) 658-1440. By appt only. "Elegant Musings from Beyond," mixed-media group show with works by Raul Soruco, Brenda Louie, Yori Levin, Dennis Potter, and Jack Freeman. Through Sat/11.

Traywick 1316 10th St, Berk; (510) 527-1214. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm. "[open]: objects," sculptural installations by Karen Kimmel. Through Sat/4.