Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

SF Camerawork at New Langton Arts. "En Masse: Work by Camerawork Members": Photography show juried by Jack Hanley, Corey Keller, Trena Noval, and Mabel Wilson, featuring work by Caitlin Atkinson, Elizabeth Bernstein, Angela Buenning, Ernie Button, Sparky Campanella, German Herrera, Anna Kuperberg, William Laven, Jessamyn Lovell, Mark Luthringer, Valerie Mendoza, Andrew Moisey, Apollonia Morrill, Caroline Nicola, Matthew Shain, and Albert Winn. Opening reception is Mar. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. March 1-April 2. 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 863-1001, www.sfcamerawork.org.

Steel Gallery. "Shimmer": Work by John Bostock, Christiane Lazard, and Chuck Price. Through March 26. 3524 Sacramento (at Laurel), 885-1655, www.steelgalleryinc.com.

Traywick Contemporary. "Wall Works": Site-specific wall art by Amy Berk, Charles Goldman, Benicia Gantner, Kelsey Nicholson, and Stas Orlovski. Through March 31. 895 Colusa (at Solano), Berkeley, 510-527-1214, www.traywick.com.

Urbis Artium Gallery. "Urbanologies": Drawings and writing by Evan Rose. Opening reception is Feb. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 140 Second St. (at Minna), 369-9404, www.urbis-artium.com.

Worth Ryder Gallery. "University of California Faculty Show": Work by both resident and visiting faculty. Opening reception is Feb. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. Through March 4. 116 Kroeber Hall at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, 510-642-2582.

Zinc Details Gallery. "Miya Ando Stanoff": New paintings on steel panels. Through Feb. 28. 1905 Fillmore (at Bush), 776-2100, www.zincdetails.com.

Museums

Asian Art Museum. "Fakes, Copies, and Question Marks: Forensic Investigations of Asian Art": An exhibition that demonstrates the science of authenticating artworks using objects from the museum's own collection. Through March 27. Free with museum admission, free-$10. Arts of Asia Spring 2005: Learn about the arts of Southeast Asia and the Himalayas in 15 weeks of lectures. Fridays, 10 a.m. Continues through April 29. $100-125 for series; $10 per lecture. Asian Art Museum Storytelling: Each weekend the museum leads a family-oriented tour through a particular exhibit, followed up by a retelling of stories related to the exhibits. Sundays, 1 p.m.; First Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "In a New Light: The Asian Art Museum Collection": A display of more than 2,500 objects from the museum's permanent collection explores the major cultures of Asia. Daily. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "Sui Jianguo: The Sleep of Reason": An exhibition showcasing the work of Sui, one of the most famous sculptors working in China today. Through April 24. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "Family Art Encounter": Drop in to make arts and crafts pieces related to the museum's current exhibits. First Saturday of every month, 1 p.m.; First Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m. Free. Target Tuesday Family Program: Each month this special family program presents an activity connected with Asian art and customs. First Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m. Free with museum admission, free-$10. Gallery Tours: Trained museum docents offer both general introductions to the museum's collections as well as tours that highlight special exhibitions. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11, 11:30 a.m., 1 & 2 p.m. Free with museum admission, free-$10. Architectural Tours: Learn about the transformation of the old San Francisco main public library into the Asian Art Museum's new quarters with this regular tour. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 12 & 2:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 12, 2:30, & 6:30 p.m. Free with museum admission, free-$10. 200 Larkin (at McAllister), 581-3500, www.asianart.org.

Berkeley Art Museum. First Impressions: Free First Thursdays: Check out a world of art and film with free entry to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive each month. Thursdays, 11 a.m. Free. "Blind at the Museum": An exhibition that investigates the nature of blindness, optical phenomena, and enjoying the visual arts despite vision problems. Through July 24. Free-$8. 2626 Bancroft (at Telegraph), Berkeley, 510-642-0808.

California Academy of Sciences. "Astrobiology: Life in the Extreme": A permanent exhibition that explores the types of environments in the universe that could support life. Daily. 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org.

California Historical Society Museum. "POETRY and its ARTS: Bay Area interactions 1954-2004": Exhibit featuring art made by poets, poet-artist collaborations, and works by artists in poets' circles. Through April 16. Free. 678 Mission (at Third St.), 357-1848.

California State Building Auditorium. " Sacred Lands, Sacred Traditions: The Arts of Southeast Asia and the Himalayas": Discover the vibrant arts of Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Himalayas in this lecture series with the Asian Art Museum's curator. Fridays, 10 a.m. Continues through April 29. $100-125 for series; $11 per lecture. 350 McAllister (at Larkin), 581-3701.

Cartoon Art Museum. Monthly Cartooning Classes for Adults: An intensive monthly workshop for aspiring comic artists, writers, and fans of the medium, taught by a professional cartoonist focusing on an area of his or her expertise. Fourth Saturday of every month, 1 p.m. $40-50. "Small Press Spotlight Featuring Garret Izumi": A retrospective of over ten years of Izumi's career as a self-publisher of photography books, comics, and letterpress books. Through April 16. Free with museum admission, free-$6. "Contemporary Literary Comics: Selections From McSweeney's #13": An exhibition of comics work from 25 artists whose illustrations have appeared in the pages of the quarterly. Through May 22. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666, www.cartoonart.org.

Chabot Space & Science Center. "One Giant Leap: A Moon Odyssey": Take a simulated moon-walk, try on a space helmet, climb into a space capsule, and virtually land a lunar module in this exhibit. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-13. "Astronomy in California 1850-1950: Telescope Makers, Telescopes, and Artifacts": Take a look at California's rich history in astronomy with this display of telescopes, astronomy history documents, and other ephemera. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-13. "Skywise -- Astronomy Cartoon Exhibit": Help your child understand that vastness and majesty of space with this exhibit of astronomy comic strips. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-13. "Mirror Mirror": Thirty-plus interactive exhibits from the Swiss science museum Technorama explore the properties of the looking glass. Through June 6. free with museum admission, $9-13. "Destination Universe": Take a virtual journey from the sun to the end of the cosmos with exhibits on nebulae, space travel, black holes, and moving galaxies. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-13. "Mars Encounter": The National Aeuronautics and Space Administration sponsors this exhibit on travel to Mars, which includes data on current and past missions, a giant tactile Mars globe, and martian meteorites. Daily. Free with museum admission, $9-13. 10000 Skyline (at Joaquin Miller) (Joaquin Miller Park), Oakland, 510-336-7300.

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