Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Istituto Italiano di Cultura. "Bruno Munari ­ Graphic Artist, Designer, Inventor": An exhibition of various objects. Through April 20. 425 Washington (at Battery), 788-7142, www.sfiic.org.

Jack Hanley Gallery. "Dealing Kindly With Insects in the Home": Group show with work by Saskia Leek, Thomas Ravens, and Sue Tompkins. Through April 2. 395 Valencia (at 15th St.), 522-1623.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. "Our Mother Mary Found": New work by Beth Grossman. Through March 31. 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200.

La Maison des Artistes. "The Rhythm & Culture of Art": Paintings by Bernard-Emmanuel Beneito. Opening reception is Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Daily. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 621-4813, www.stlouisbluesart.com.

Lola Gallery. "Ghetto Metro": Multimedia installation by Sirron Norris. Through April 9. 2517 Mission (at 21st St.), 401-6800.

Micaela Gallery. "Open Water": New paintings by Christo Braun. Through March 31. 333 Hayes (at Franklin), 551-8118, www.micaela.com.

Mission 17. "We All Must Play Our Parts": Artist Julia Page deconstructs the function presidential daughters serve in establishing the commander in chief's image. The opening reception is Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Through April 2. 2111 Mission (at 17th St.), Suite 401, 336-2349.

Modernpast Gallery. "Solace": Photography by Kristin Satzman. Through March 30. 675 Chenery at Diamond, 333-9007.

Newmark Gallery. "Le cycle d'un nom et d'une forme": New work by Christian de Cambiaire. Through April 16. 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, 392-3692, www.newmarkgallery.com.

Octavia's Haze Gallery. "Handblown Art Glass From Italy, Seattle, and the Bay Area": Art glass vases, tableware, and other objects from a variety of artists. Daily. 498 Hayes (at Octavia), 255-6818.

Place Pigalle. "Googly Eyes": Photographs by Salvatore Noto. Opening reception is March 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Through April 19. 520 Hayes at Octavia, 552-2671, www.place-pigalle.com.

Robert Koch Gallery. "Nathan Baker: People at Work": Solo photography show. Through April 30. "Bill Owens: Leisure": Solo photography show. Through April 30. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122.

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. "Fourth Annual Installation Award Exhibition": Breath Holes by Desiree Holman. Through April 2. "Wedding Portraits": Poster exhibit celebrating the first anniversary of the controversial same-sex weddings at City Hall. Through May 12. 401 Van Ness (at Larkin), 554-6080, www.sfacgallery.org.

San Francisco Center for the Book. "Journey to the Source: Handmade Books From Cuba": Book art from Ediciones Vigía. Through May 6. 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545, www.sfcb.org.

Schurman Fine Art Gallery. "Paul Jacoulet": Woodblock prints by the late artist. April 1-May 30. 1659 San Pablo (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-524-0623.

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 March 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. Through April 2. 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 863-1001, www.sfcamerawork.org.

SFSU Campus/Cesar Chavez Student Center Gallery. "Strains of Thought": Group show of collage, montage, and assemblage featuring work by Kamau Amu Patton, Amy Morrell, Kristen Chappa, Andre Sibayan, Neil Stewart, Lizabeth E. Rossof, Saundra Castillo, Ciriaco Sayoc, Dana Kline, and Katie Cross; curated by Gina Basso. Through March 30. 1650 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), 338-2580.

SFSU Campus/Fine Arts Building. "Afrocuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003": Group show of work by Cuban artists. Through March 30. 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.), 338-6535.

Shooting Gallery. "Surreal Populism": New work by Anthony Ausgang and Van Arno. Opening reception is March 10 from 7 to 11 p.m. Through March 31. 839 Larkin (at O'Farrell), 931-8035, www.shootinggallerysf.com.

Steel Gallery. "Spring Fling": New work by Eric Michael Corrigan and Tina Lauren Vietmeier. April 5-May 28. 3524 Sacramento (at Laurel), 885-1655, www.steelgalleryinc.com.

Studio Gallery. "Delicious": Group show featuring art inspired by food. Through April 3. 1718A Polk (at Clay), 931-3130, www.studiogallerysf.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. "A World of Influence": An exhibit by the Los Angeles art group Workhorse Collective spotlighting the urban art form of graffiti. Opening reception is March 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Through April 30. 140 Second St. (at Minna), 369-9404, www.urbis-artium.com.

Valencia Street (between 20th and 22nd). "Double Take: A Billboard Project": Art billboards by Felipe Dulzaides in various locations; currently there is one at Valencia and 22nd Street. Daily. 626-5416. www.newlangtonarts.org. Valencia Street between 20th and 22nd.

Varnish Fine Art. "Superstitions": Group show featuring illustrators Chris Buzelli, Charles Glaubitz, Joshua Gorchov, David Groff, Jonathon Krause, and Martha Rich. Through April 8. 77 Natoma (at Second St.), 222-6131, www.varnishfineart.com.

Museums Asian Art Museum. AsiaAlive: "Classical Arts of Thailand": Watch traditional Thai painting techniques demonstrated, make your own Thai-inspired jewelry, and see Thai performing arts videos at this supplement to "The Kingdom of Siam." Thursdays-Sundays, noon. Continues through May 1. " 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. "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. 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. "The Kingdom of Siam: Art From Central Thailand, 1350-1800": The collection of 87 rare works from Thailand (including ancient gold ceremonial objects, temple furnishings, jewelry, and textiles) is the first display of Thai classical art in the United States in 25 years. Through May 18. 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.

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