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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). "À toute épreuve: An Artist's Book Masterpiece by Joan Miró." Book illustrations by Miró. Through Sun/19.

Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission; CAR-TOON. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. $2-5. "Web-Slinging and Wall-Crawling: The Art of Spider-Man." Works by Steve Ditko, John Romita, Ross Andru, Todd McFarlane, and others. Through July 21. See Critic's Choice.

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 Sun/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. Through 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." Works in a variety of media by Oakland-based contemporary artists. Through Sun/12. "Scene in Oakland, 1852-2002: Artworks Celebrating the City's 150th Anniversary." More than 65 paintings, drawings, watercolors, and photographs from 1852-2002 by 48 California artists. Through Aug 25.

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. "Psychic Windows." New sculptures by Sanford Biggers. Through June 2.



Glama-Rama! 417 South Van Ness; 861-4526. Call for hours. "Kings of the Road," photographic portraits of drag kings by Erin O'Neill. Through Fri/10. New portraits by Jason Mecier (reception Sun/12, 6-9pm). May 12-July 6.

Kings Gallery 1187 Franklin; 776-4580. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sun, noon-2pm. "Retrospective," oil paintings by Lorant Chovan (reception Sun/19, 1-2:30pm). May 12-June 10.

Meridian Gallery 545 Sutter; 398-7229. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Markings, Memories, and Mirrors," work by James McGrath (reception Thurs/9, 6-8pm). May 9-June 22.

SF Camerawork 1246 Folsom; 863-1001. Tues-Sat, noon-5pm. "Everyman: A Search for the Male Form," work by 10 contemporary male photographers (reception Tues/14, 5-8pm); "PSA Mix/Hidden Noise," public-service announcements and audio pieces by San Francisco Art Institute students and youth from Visitacion Valley Beacon Center. May 14-June 15.

Southern Exposure 401 Alabama; 863-2141. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Icons of Action: The Global Youth/Post Youth Underground," work by Amaze, Bratmobile, Sergio Brown, Demo, Shepard Fairey, Fawn Gehweiler, Barry McGee, and Volume One (reception Fri/17, 6-8pm). May 11-30.

39th Exposure Gallery and Studio 39 Mesa, No. 4, Main Post, Presidio Park; 561-3123. Sat-Sun, noon-7pm, Tues-Sat, 1-6pm. "The Spirit of Exploration: Roald Amundsen's Polar Expeditions 1897-1926," historic photographs from Amundsen's travels. Through Sun/12. See 8 Days a Week, page 50.

Velvet da Vinci 508 Hayes; 626-7478. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, noon-4pm. "Arctic 5," contemporary metalsmithing from northern Norway (reception Sat/11, 6-8pm). May 10-June 9.

Bay Area

Ardency Gallery 709 Broadway, Oakl; (510) 836-0831. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Re:Figuration," work by Jody Sears and Michele Ramirez (reception Sun/11, 5-8pm). May 10-June 8.

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. "Group Show," works by Mark Fox Morgan and Jean Fox; work by John Tennler (reception Sat/18, noon-5pm). May 13-June 9.

Nexus 2701 Eighth St, Berk; (510) 486-8118. Sat-Wed, 1-5pm. Painting by Carole Jeung and furniture by Alan Sklansky with Reginald Guerrero (reception Thurs/9, 5-9pm). Sat/11-Sun/12.

Women's Cancer Resource Center Gallery 3023 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 548-9286. Tues-Thurs, 1-7pm; Sat, noon-4pm, and by appt. "The Naked Heart," paintings by Janice Kishi Chow and Meredith Bowen Shamszad (reception Sat/18, 1-3pm). May 9-June 20.


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.

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.

Blackbird Space 2642 Third St; 826-2557. Call for hours. "Secretive Interior Structures," work by Alissa Anderson, Amanda Eicher, Chris Corales, Shmulik Krampf, Tucker Schwarz, and Diane Serafini. Through Mon/13.

Canessa 708 Montgomery; 296-9029. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm. "New Landscape Works," work by Grant Johnson. Through May 31.

Catharine Clark 49 Geary; 399-1439. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Counterfeit," new work by Ray Beldner and works on paper published by Trillium Press. Through June 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.

Culture Cache 1800 Bryant, Ste 104; 626-7776. Wed-Sun, 2-6pm, and by appt. "Mission Detritus," work by Alena Rudolph, Christopher Ruess, Kyle Ranson, Andrew Schoultz, Chris Lindig, Shay Nowick, James Kirkpatrick, and Michael Eli. Through May 31.

Digital Annex 69 Green; 673-3080. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "In Other Words," work by various artists. Through Fri/17.

FiftyCrows Gallery 1074 Folsom; 551-0091. Thurs-Sat, noon-5pm. "Recalling the Vote," photographs by Dan Budnik. Through Sun/12.

Fine Arts Gallery San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Bldg, Rm 238, 1600 Holloway; 338-6535. Mon-Sat, noon-4pm. "2002 San Francisco State University MFA Thesis Show," work by 10 artists. Through Fri/17.

Five Fifty Bryant 550 Bryant; 673-3080. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "Essence: 35 Years of Abstraction," work by various artists. Through Fri/17.

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. Through Sat/18.

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

Galería de la Raza 2857 24th St; 826-8009. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "Photographic Memory and Other Shots in the Dark." They're tramping through the wilds of suburban Los Angeles, hunting for tribal Caucasians. Well, not really, but Chicano artists Richard Lou and Robert Sanchez like to imagine themselves as intrepid scientific adventurers who track and study "the colorless." Dressed like wild-game hunters, they pose for a picture with their captured quarry. Their faces are deadpan, but the photos are intended to be humorous, and the captions are even funnier. They also raise serious questions, however: Is there something inherently racist about the way traditional anthropological documentarians use cameras to record what they do? How does this kind of picture taking reinforce established cultural power structures? And whose activities are really being documented in these pictures, anyway? Also featured in the show are works by Oscar Muñoz, Claudia X. Valdez, Armando Rascón, Francisco Dominguez, Pedro Lepe, and Susie Valdez. Through Sat/11. (Westbrook)

Gallery Sanchez at Noe Valley Ministry 1021 Sanchez; 822-9581. Daily, 10am-3pm. "Double Vision," paintings by Karen Wenger and Pauline Crowther Scott. Through Thurs/16.

Gallery 16 1616 16th St; 626-7495. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. "Supermarket." Rudy VanderLans has been photographing California's landscapes ever since he moved to the Bay Area from his native Netherlands in 1981. In his 24 images of the Mojave Desert, VandeLans presents the Mojave as something uniquely American – a vast expanse of untamed Western terrain stretching out for miles and miles, welcoming those who are tough and resourceful enough to scrape out a habitable niche. It's difficult to figure out VanderLans's politics from looking at the pictures in this show. He's clearly poking fun at the encroaching suburbanites and their meticulously manicured green lawns, but he seems to be objecting mostly to their tacky aesthetics, rather than the ecological disruption they cause. Ultimately, VanderLans's photography casts him as a man on the periphery – someone with an insider's knowledge of the Mojave's strange and beautiful landscapes but who sees it through the fresh and unjaded eyes of a first-time visitor. Through May 31. (Westbrook)

George Krevsky Gallery 77 Geary; 397-9748. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Extra Innings: The Art of Baseball," paintings, prints, and photographs on the topic of baseball. Through Sat/18.

HANG 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. New paintings by Bob Stang. Through Mon/20.

HANG Annex 565 Sutter; 434-4264. Call for hours. "On the Surface," work by Jylian Gustlin and Dana McCutcheon. Through Mon/20.

HANG at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. Recent work by Torri Lehman. Through Tues/14.

Herbst International Exhibition Hall 385 Moraga, Presidio; 441-3400. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Work by fiber/Dimensions, a collaboration of Bay Area artists. Through Sun/19.

Hospitality House 146 Leavenworth; 749-2132. Call for hours. "Spring," work by homeless and at-risk artists. Through Mon/20.

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. Through Thurs/9.

Jack Hanley Gallery 395 Valencia; 522-1623. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Select," recent paintings by Rémy Hysbergue. Through Sat/11.

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

Linc Real Art 1 Otis; 503-1981. Thurs-Sat, noon-5pm, and by appt. "Web-Pop." Like real banner ads, Robert Heckes's long rectangular canvases hang at the very top of the gallery walls and bait us with short teaser messages such as "Luke, I am your father. Click me." Yet even though they're full of references to our contemporary computerized world, Heckes's paintings cling in many ways to old-fashioned painting practices. The art of hand lettering is almost dead, but Heckes resurrects it in several works. And the idea of the artist's creative ownership is also practically extinct these days in the copy-and-paste clip-art world of Web design, but Heckes's prominent signature on each canvas boldly claims each painted image as his own – even though he's clearly stealing a lot of his subject matter from corporate logos and slogans. It's actually pretty hard to say how much of Heckes's material is really his own invention, but one thing is decisively original: the idea of selling banner ads as high art. Through Tues/14. (Westbrook)

Logan Galleries California College of Arts and Crafts, 1111 Eighth St; 551-9210. Wed-Thurs, Sat, 11am-6pm; Tues, Fri, 11am-8pm. "Rock My World: Recent Art and the Memory of Rock 'n' Roll," work by Jessica Bronson, Dick Slessig, Martin Creed, Heremy Deller, Sam Durant, Rodney Graham, Evan Holloway, Christian Marclay, Erik Parker, Dario Robleto, Marina Rosenfeld, Steven Shearer, Frances Stark, and Mungo Thomson. Through Sat/11.

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.

Market Street Kiosks along Market Street between Van Ness and Embarcadero; 554-6080. Posters by Seyed Alavi. Through Thurs/16.

Meyerovich 251 Post, Fourth fl; 421-7171. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "Helen Frankenthaler: New Acquisitions," mixed media works by Frankenthaler. Through Sat/18.

Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission; 821-1155. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. "Rendering Spirits, an Exhibition of Drawings, Posters, and Linocuts," work by Juan R. Fuentes; "Dialog on Paper, Collaboration between Communities Exhibition," work by Bay Area and Puerto Rican artists. Through Thurs/16.

Modernism 685 Market; 541-0461. Tues-Sat, 10am-5:30pm. "Real World," collage works by Alexis Smith from 1981-2002. Through Sat/11.

Museum West Fine Art 170 Minna; 546-1113. Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat, 9am-6pm; Thurs, 9am-7pm. New paintings by Denise DuBroy. Through Sat/18.

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.

Pond 214 Valencia; 437-9151. Thurs-Sun, 3-8pm, and by appointment. "Out of the Ground into the Sky out of the Sky into the Ground," works by nine L.A.-based artists using everyday material. Through Sun/19.

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 Liz Cohen (reception Fri/10, 6-8pm), and Will Rogan and Bob Linder (reception Fri/17, 6-8pm). Through Sat/18.

Student Center Art Gallery SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Union, 1650 Holloway; 338-2580. Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-3pm. "Wired," work by seven artists. Through Wed/15.

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

View 155 155 Grove; 554-6080. 24 hours. "Tail of Blue: Sculptural Window Installation," work by Chen-Ju Pan. Through Sun/19.

Vorpal 393 Grove; 397-9200. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm. "The Glow of the Landscape and Other Beauties," work by seven artists. Through Sun/19.

Walter and McBean Galleries San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 749-4564. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Touch: Relational Art from the 1990s to Now." Through Wed/15.

Weinstein 383 Geary; 362-8151. Mon-Tues, 10am-7pm; Wed-Sun, 9:30am-10pm. Work by French surrealist Anne Bachelier. Through Wed/15.

Winter Garden 505 Sansome; Call for hours. Paintings by Xavier Castellanos. Through Sun/12.

Bay Area

ACCI 1652 Shattuck, Berk; (510) 843-2527. Tues-Thurs, 11am-6pm; Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "MiX490: SocialWorks," works by 11 Bay Area artists. Through Sat/18.

Cecile Moochnek 1809D Fourth St, Berk; (510) 549-1018. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. "Collected Moments," work by various artists. Through Sun/12.

Headlands Center for the Arts 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito; (415) 331-2787, ext 28. Tues-Fri, Sun, noon-5pm. Work by Maria Porges. Through Sun/12.

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). Through Thurs/16.

Kala Art Institute 1060 Heinz, Berk; (510) 549-2977. Tues-Fri, noon-5pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm; and by appt. "Solos: The Contemporary Monoprint," work by Bay Area artists including Nathan Oliveria and Matt Phillips (reception Thurs/9, 6-8pm). Through June 15.

Magnolia Editions Gallery 2527 Magnolia, Oakl; (510) 834-2527. Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm. "The Flatbed Show," work by various artists. Through Thurs/11.

A New Leaf 1286 Gilman, Berk; (510) 525-7621. Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. "Form and Idea," abstract sculpture by various artists. Through Sun/19.

Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement 920 Peralta, Oakl; (510)839-3212. "Youthspeak: The Visual Voice," photography by young artists (reception Sat/11, 2-4pm). Through June 15.

Richmond Art Center 2540 Barrett, Richmond; (510) 620-6772, Tues-Fri, 10am-4:30pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm. "Youth Vision: Annual Celebration of Young Artists," works by kindergarten through high school students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Through Fri/10.

San Pablo Arts Gallery San Pablo Civic Center, One Alvarado Square, 13831 San Pablo; (510) 836-2663. Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Reincarnated as Art," art work made from recycled and salvaged materials by Debra Koppman, Luci Lytle, and Rick Carpenter. Through Sun/12.

Third Street Grind Gallery 464 Third St, Oakl; (510) 653-1548. Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3:30pm. "Virtue," mixed-media visual form by six Bay Area artists (reception Sun/19, 2-4pm). Through May 30.