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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.

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 and Clement); 863-3330. Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm. $8, $6 seniors, $5 for 12-17, free children under 11 (free Tues). "Casting a Spell: Winslow Homer, Artist and Angler." Works by Winslow Homer. Through Feb 9. "Max Ernst: Surrealism in Artists' Books." Through Feb 23.

Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission; CAR-TOON. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. $2-5. "Hate Mail: Comic Strip Controversies," works by top cartoonists of the past 30 years including Scott Adams, Berkeley Breathed, Frank Cho, Aaron McGruder, and Wiley Miller. Through June 8.

Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Thurs-Tues, 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-9pm. $10, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths. "Traits of Life: A New Living Laboratory." More than 30 exhibits explore the definition of what it means to be alive. Through March 31. "LED Images: Studies in Motion and Rest." Works by Jim Campbell. Through April 3.

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. "Colore Ideale/Ideal Colours." More than 30 recent paintings by Franco Viola. "Crosscuts – Tagli Trasversali." Woodcut prints and an overview of the woodcut process. Both exhibits through April 19.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art Fort Mason Center, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 775-0991. Sun and Mon, 11am-5pm; Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm. "Quilted Journeys: Immigration Stories by Australian Artists." More than 20 quilts on the theme of the immigration experience. Through April 27.

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). "August Sander: People of the 20th Century." More than 200 vintage prints of Sanders's photographic works. Through Feb 23. "No Ghost Just a Shell." Masterminded by contemporary French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, "No Ghost Just a Shell" is a digital-age meditation on life and death, animation and vacuity, art and consumerism. It began in 1999 when Huyghe and Parreno purchased the copyright to a manga character named Annlee. They and their artist friends proceeded to bring her to life through a series of artworks, using sculpture, painting, and animated videos to give her a voice and a personality. The project raises some fascinating moral questions, for instance, about the buying and selling of a "person" like Annlee and her status as a money-making tool for the entertainment industry. Through March 16. (Westbrook) "Treasures of Modern Art: The Legacy of Phyllis Wattis at SFMOMA." More than 80 works acquired by SFMOMA through patron Phyllis Wattis. Jan 30-Jun 24.

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). "Charles LeDray, Sculpture 1989-2001." Contemporary sculptures by the artist. Through April 6. "5ive Projects: Contemporary Art from Sweden." Works by Eva Ek-Schaeffer, Roger Andersson, Peter Geschwind, Johan Zetterquiest, Maria Lindberg, Jon Brunberg, Annika Larsson, Anneè Olofsson, and Annika Ström. Through April 13.

Bay Area

Magnes Museum 2911 Russell, Berk; (510) 549-6950. Mon-Thurs, noon-5pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. $4 donation, $3 seniors and students, free for 12 and under and members. "Hidden in the Walls: The Time Capsule from San Francisco's Lost Sanctuary." This exhibition is devoted to the discovery of a time capsule in the cornerstone of Congregation Ohabai Shalome. Viewed through the lens of the 19th-century time capsule, the congregation offers all kinds of fascinating insights into the history of Judaism in the West and life in young San Francisco. Recovered a little more than a year ago, the capsule contained eight newspapers, a number of coins, pamphlets containing constitutions and bylaws for various Jewish organizations, and even a few charmingly antique business cards from members of the congregation, including one for a plumber and another for a dairyman. (Westbrook) "Hamakom (The Place)." An installation by Stephanie Snyder. "Sharing the Screen: Israeli and Palestinians in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 1981-2002." Video and film clips from the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. All exhibits through Feb 16.

Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 465-8700. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Free. "Salon of the Independents." Work by Bay Area youth. Through Feb 8.

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm (first Fri, 10am-9pm). $6, $4 seniors and students. "State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California." A survey of California disasters since 1906 through photographs by Maggie Hallahan. Through March 30. "Wild Wings: The Waterfowl Art of Harry Curieux Adamson." Oil and tempera paintings and sketches by Adamson. Through March 30.

UC Berkeley Art Museum 2626 Bancroft Way, Berk; (510) 642-0808. Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. $8, $5 seniors and youths, $4 members and UC Berkeley students and faculty (free Thurs). "Fast Forward II." Susan Magnus's Lifetime stretches out 14 feet from the gallery wall. Made up of a stack of National Geographic magazines, the sculpture might seem more at home in a library than in a museum, but Magnus turns this work into something more than the sum of its parts. She has collected every issue since 1957, the year of her birth. Magnus marks the years of her life by adding to the sculpture annually. It's a visual representation of one woman's life, an homage to an old-fashioned manner of timekeeping, and a subtle gibe at museums, libraries, and other institutions that, like grandparents' basements, house and preserve what we'll one day think of as "stuff that takes up space." Also check out a collection of 15 handmade books by James Castle, a deaf artist who never learned to speak, read, or use sign language, but whose art reveals an uncanny understanding of words as symbols and objects. Through Feb 9. (Westbrook) "The Subject Is Art: 1400-1800." Paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by southern and northern European artists. Through Feb 9. "XXL II." Sculpture by George Rickey. Through Feb 23. "Intaglio Prints by John Cage." Works on paper by John Cage. Through March 16. "MATRIX 202: Berni Searle A Matter of Time." Works by Bernie Searle. Feb 2-March 23.


Academy of Art College Gallery 410 Bush; 567-3606. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. "Computer Arts: New Media," work by Sowimya Pushparaj and Charles Sun. Through Fri/31. "Craig Nelson: Promotional Show and Book Signing" (reception Feb 6, 6-9pm). Feb 1-March 1.

Academy of Art College Gallery 625 Sutter; 274-2229. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Paintings by Jimmy Lu and Yuki Nakagawa (reception Feb 6, 5:30-7:30pm). Feb 1-28.

Academy of Art College Gallery 688 Sutter; 931-5892. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. "Illustration, Imagination and Expression," a group show (reception Fri/31, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Sat/1. "BFA Printmaking," work by Dino Manuel and Hiromi Kadowaki. Feb 1-28.

Caldwell Snyder Gallery 341 Sutter; 392-2299. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Punt de Vista," works by Regina Saura. Through Fri/31. Works by Keith Miller (reception Feb 6, 6-8pm). Feb 1-28.

Canessa 708 Montgomery; 296-9029. Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm. "Candles and Fountains," work by Bill Jehle. Through Thurs/30. "Elizabeth 2," new paintings by Elizabeth Barlow and Elizabeth Fracchia. Feb 1-27.

Fort Mason Center Conference Center Marina at Laguna; (707) 829-1966. Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-4pm. "Ashes to Art," works by 82 established and emerging contemporary artists. Thurs/30-Sun/2.

Hang at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. "Last Call," work by Jeff Dikio (reception Thurs/30, 6-9pm). Jan 30-Feb 16.

Jimi Hendrix Gallery 1201E Howard; www.indyworld.com/altcomics. "A Hickie Hanging," art by David Bogan, Joe White, Ramig Mavlian, Nathan Stapley, Graham Annable, and Scott Campbell. Sat/1, 5pm-midnight; Sun/2, 3-10pm.

Lola Gallery 2519 Mission; 401-6800. By appt. "21st Century," sculpture, installations, and more. Jan 30-March 8.

Melting Point Gallery 1340 Bryant; 769-2939. Wed, Fri-Sat, 1-6pm; Thurs, 1-8pm; and by appt. "Writing on the Wall, the Text Show," works by Abraham Lubelski (reception Sat/1, 5-8pm). Feb 1-28.

Meridian Gallery 545 Sutter; 398-7229. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Intangible Voyage," work by Bryan Keith Thomas (reception Thurs/30, 6-9pm). Jan 30-March 15.

SF Zen Center Gallery 300 Page; 863-3136. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm. "The Eight Foot Golden Body," work by Wolfgang Brinck (reception Feb 21, 6:30-8:30pm). Feb 3-26.

Soularch Gallery 4033A Judah; 759-4100. Sat, noon-5pm, and by appt. "Work and Rework," paintings by Brian Herrick (reception Fri/31, 7-9pm). Jan 31-March 7.

Stephen Wirtz Gallery Bankers Investment Bldg, 49 Geary; 433-6879. Call for hours. "The Valley," recent photographs by Larry Sultan; new bronze sculpture by Jack Zajac. Through Feb 22. "Lace Factory Photographs," works by Michael Kenna. Feb 1-22.

364 Hayes Street Gallery 364 Hayes; 431-0364. Tues-Wed, noon-6pm; Thurs-Sat, noon-7pm. "Here and There," a video installation by Rick Danielson. Through Sat/1. "On the Make," a group design show (reception Sat/1, 6-8pm). Sat/1-Sun/2. "roygbp," work by Jen Pack (reception Feb 8, 6-7:30pm). Feb 4-8.

Variety Preview Room 582 Market; 781-3894. Works by Pauline Blanc, Ella Driscoll, and Stefanie Steinberg. Wed/29, 5-7pm.

Velvet da Vinci 508 Hayes; 626-7478. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, noon-4pm. "RISD on the Road: Jewelry and Light Metals," a traveling exhibition featuring works by 25 Rhode Island School of Design alumni (reception Feb 7, 6-8pm). Feb 1-28.

Bay Area

Mama Buzz Café 2318 Telegraph, Oakl; www.door7gallery.com. "Grand Opening Art Show," works by Chris Pew, Matthew Hart, Alex Kopps, and others. Fri/31, 7-10pm.

Pacific Art League of Palo Alto 668 Ramona, Palo Alto; (650) 321-3891. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-4pm. "Time Travel," various works. Through Wed/29. "Valentine," works on the topic of Valentine's Day (reception Feb 7, 5-6pm). Feb 1-26. "Out of My Mind; Out of My Heart," work by Donna Orme (reception Feb 7, 5-6pm) Feb 1-28.

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 2003," a group exhibition of 85 Bay Area artists; "Cool, Calm, and Collected," works by Margaret Realica, Jane Grimm, Teri Claude Dowling, and Bambi Waterman; "Foam," works by Robin Dintiman and Luther Thie; "In Memoriam," photo essays by students and faculty of El Cerrito High School; "Young Black, and Upwardly Mobile," works by Bayeté Ross-Smith; "30 Years of Excellence," work by artists from Creative Growth Center (reception Feb 15, 3-6pm). Through March 22.

San Pablo Arts Gallery San Pablo Civic Center, 1 Alvarado Square, 13831 San Pablo; (510) 836-2663. Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Special Art Show," mixed-media works. Feb 1-9.

Third Street Grind Gallery 464 Third St, Oakl; (510) 832-5282. Mon-Fri, 6:30am-2:30pm. "For Artists: A Room with a View," work by children artists. Through Thurs/30. "Wine, Windows, and Arches," acrylic paintings by Roberta Babcock. Feb 3-27.


Ampersand International Arts 1001 Tennessee; 285-0170. Thurs-Fri, 11am-5pm; and by appt. "Henrick Kam: Spaces/Traces," chromogenic photographic prints. Through Feb 7. See Critic's Choice.

Bonnafont Gallery 946A Greenwich; 431-7546. Sat-Sun, 2-5pm, and by appt. "365 Days," a visual diary by Ann Barth. Through Sun/2.

Brian Gross Fine Art 1 Post; 788-1050. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm. "Gorgeous Accidents," new paintings by Charles Linder. Through April 25.

Catharine Clark 49 Geary; 399-1439. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Flying Machines," new sound and DVD projects by Ed Osborn. Through March 1.

City Art 828 Valencia; 970-9900. Wed-Sun, noon-9pm. Works by local aritsts. Through Fri/31.

Dolby Chadwick 266 Sutter, Fourth fl; 956-3560. Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Paintings by Gary Ruddell," oil on canvas and panel. Through Fri/31.

Ebert Gallery 49 Geary, Fourth fl; 296-8405. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11-5pm. Paintings by Michael Moon. Through Sat/1.

Eleonore Austerer 540 Sutter; 986-2244. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. Works by Joseph Solman; "Memory and Imagination," works by Lev Babin. Through Fri/31.

Glama-Rama! 417 South Van Ness; 861-4526. Call for hours. "Character Heaven and Other Works," sculpture and printmaking by Scott and Satoe Haile. Through March 15.

Gregory Lind Gallery 49 Geary; 296-9661. Tues-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm (first Thurs, 10:30am-7:30pm). Chiaroscuro and new paintings by James Balla; "Per Annum," a gallery group show. Through Feb 28.

Hackett-Freedman 250 Sutter, fourth fl; 362-7152. Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. Recent paintings by Tom Lieber. Through Sat/1.

Hang 556 Sutter; 434-4264. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Imagined Landscapes," work by Tjasa Owen. Through Sun/2.

Hosfelt Gallery 430 Clementina; 495-5454. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Still/Motion," work by Kirsten Bahrs Janssen, Jim Campbell, Anthony Discenza, Jona Frank, Guy Hundere, Alfredo Jaar, Bob Linder, Aaron Parazette, Lordy Rodrigeuz, and Julianne Swartz. Through March 1.

Jenkins Johnson Gallery 464 Sutter; 677-0770. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. "Passages," work by Allen Cox. Through Fri/31.

Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery 49 Geary; (415) 625-1350. Tues-Fri, 11am-5:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Sleepy Head," recent work by Terry Hoff. Through Sat/1.

Marcel Sitcoske 20 Hawthorne; 434-4804. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon, by appt. "Attack: Attraction," photographs and paintings by 13 artists. Through Fri/31.

Meyerovich 251 Post, fourth fl; 421-7171. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm. "Henri Matisse: Portraits and Nudes," early etchings, lithographs, and aquatints by Matisse; "American Masters: Works from the 1980s and '90s," mixed-media works by Frankenthaler, Stella, Boxer, Hockney, and Lichtenstein. Through Fri/31.

Michael Martin 101 Townsend, Ste 207; 543-1550. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm; Sun, by appt. Site-specific video installation and exhibit by Lynn Marie Kirby. Through Sat/1.

National Japanese American Historical Society Gallery 1684 Post; 921-5007. Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm (also first Sat, 11am-5pm). "Manga: A Century of Social Commentary by Japanese Artists in America," works by artists of Japanese ancestry from 1904 to the present. Through Sat/1.

San Francisco Main Library 100 Larkin; 557-4400. Mon, 10am-6pm; Tues-Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. "Viva Las Vegas," a story quilt. Through Fri/31.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery Fort Mason, Bldg A, Marina at Laguna; 441-4777. Tues-Sat, 11:30am-5:30pm. Paintings by Susan Marie Dopp, Chris Knipp, and Connie Harris. Through Fri/31.

San Francisco Photography Center 50 Scott; 554-9522. Tues-Thurs, 3-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Pure Plastic Year Two," a group show using plastic lens cameras. Through Fri/31.

66 Balmy 66 Balmy Alley; 648-1760. Thurs-Sun, 11am-6pm. "New Stuff," work by Dave Warnke. Through Sun/2.

Skylight Gallery San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin, sixth fl; 557-4277. Sun, noon-5pm; Mon and Sat, 10am-6pm; Tues-Thurs, 9am-8pm; Fri, noon-6pm. "The Long Walk to Freedom," photographs, archival material, and other items celebrating 12 local civil rights activists from the 1960s (reception Sat/1, 2pm). Through March 20.

Spanganga 3376 19th St; 307-0109. Sat-Mon, noon-4pm, and by appt. "Cozy," works by Heather Johnson, Marina Vendrell, Eric Mortensen, and Laura Splan. Through Sun/2.

Bay Area

Bedford Gallery Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic, Walnut Creek; (925) 295-1417. Tues-Sun, noon-5pm (also Thurs-Sat, 6-8pm). "Conceptual Contraptions: The Art of Bernie Lubell and Sheri Simons," large-scale machines by the contemporary artists (reception Sun/2, 3-5pm). Through March 9.

Berkeley Art Center 1275 Walnut, Berk; (510) 644-6893. Wed-Sun, noon-5pm. "The Berkeley Art Center's Annual Members' Showcase," work by local, regional, and national artists. Through Feb 15.

Black Box 1928 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 451-1932. Wed-Sat, 1-6pm. "I AM A.R.T. (Absolute Reflection of Truth)," paintings by Abba Yahudah, Loushana Roybal Rose, Leon Kennedy, Joe Murphy, and Rani Carson. Through Sun/2.

Cricket Engine Gallery 499 Embarcadero, Bldg C, Oakl; (510) 522-0471. Painting by Justin Cooper, Trane DeVore, and Tahzay Jones. Through Feb 9.

Fig Tree Gallery 2599 Eighth St, Space no. 42, Berk; (510) 540-7843. Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm, and by appt. "Group Nineteen," various works. Through Fri/31.

Gallery 555 555 City Center, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm. "Shaping Possibility: Pacific Rim Sculptors Group Invitational," works by Ed Clapp, Al Honig, Meadowsweet Dairy, Silvia Poloto, and Susan Leibovitz Steinman. Through April 2.

Kala Art Institute 1060 Heinz, Berk; (510) 549-2977. Tues-Fri, noon-5:30pm; Sat, noon-4:30pm; and by appt. "Kala Artists' Annual Exhibition," works by more than 50 artists. Through Thurs/30.

Oakland Art Gallery 199 Kahn's Alley, Broadway and 14th St, Oakl; (510) 637-0395. Tues-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Visual Alchemy" mixed-media works by Lynn Beldner, Enrique Chagoya, Richard Shaw, and Mary Snowden. Through Feb 8.

21 Grand 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. Thurs, 4-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. "Take a Number," photographs and videos of performance works by Matt Volla, Sliv, Dulet Enterprises, and Isabel Reichert and Sean Fletcher. Through Sun/2.

Women's Cancer Resource Center Gallery 5741 Telegraph, Oakl; (510) 601-4040, ext 11. Mon-Thurs, 9am-3pm; Sat, noon-4pm, and by appt. "Two Women Testify," works by Oalitan Callender-Scott and Roberta Almerez. Through Thurs/30.