Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

SF Maritime Museum. Permanent Collection of Ship Models: A big collection of figureheads, maritime paintings, photos, and artifacts. Daily. Free-$3. Fisherman's Wharf (at Polk), 556-3002.

SF Museum of Modern Art. "Between Art and Life: The Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Collection": The ongoing exhibition presents works from SFMOMA's own collections, with special installations on artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Eva Hesse, Anish Kapoor, Sherrie Levine, Brice Marden, Gordon Matta-Clark, Barry McGee, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, and Kara Walker. Daily. "Architecture & Design Permanent Collection": An ongoing presentation featuring more than 100 works illustrating concepts in design and architecture. Daily. "Picturing Modernity: Selections From the SFMOMA Collection": An exhibition of photographs from SFMOMA's own collection that illustrate a wide range of photographic styles. Daily. "The Art of Design": A permanent exhibition of works in the museum's architecture and design collection, including works of graphic and industrial design (such as the famous Fillmore rock posters by Bonnie MacLean, Victor Moscoso, and Stanley Mouse). Daily. "2004 SECA Art Award": The exhibition features work by Bay Area artists Rosana Castrillo Diaz, Simon Evans, Shaun O'Dell, and Josephine Taylor, and was curated by a museum society organized to encourage exceptional emerging artists. Through May 15. Free with museum admission, free-$10. "Image, Body, Text: Selected Works by Gary Hill": The media artist presents works that comment on body image and optical illusions using performance, sculpture, and video. Through May 30. $6-$10. "Matisse and Beyond: The Painting and Sculpture Collection": Magnificent works of painting and sculpture culled from SFMOMA's own collections provide a quick tour of modern art from Fauvism to Minimalism. Daily. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000,

Stanford University, Cantor Arts Center. "Shini-e: The Performance of Death in Japanese Kabuki Actor Prints": Portraits of the dead explore the wide range of Japanese thought regarding life and the afterlife. Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 24. free. 328 Lomita (at Museum), Stanford, 650-723-4177.

UC Berkeley Art Museum. " MATRIX 216/Slater Bradley: The Year of the Doppelganger": A video installation featuring the artist's doppelganger Benjamin Brock playing Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" on drums in the Cal Berkeley Memorial Stadium while the football team practices. Through June 26. free-$5. 510-642-0808. 2626 Bancroft, Berkeley, 510-643-4542.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Galleries. "Perfect Spaces: Pictures and Films by Oliver Boberg": A survey of the German's artist work, in which he photographs his equisitely detailed scale models of industrial spaces, such as loading docks and highways. Through June 26. free-$6. "Visual Aid at Sixteen With David Cannon Dashiell's Queer Mysteries": A retrospective of the work created by artists involved with Visual Aid, a nonprofit that helps artists with terminal illnesses. Its most ambitious work is David Cannon Dashiell's Queer Mysteries, a huge erotic painting that nods to a Pompeiian mural. Through June 26. free-$6. "The Museum of the Last Artwork: New Work by Robert Kusmirowski": A genre-breaking artist from Poland is best known for "falsification" of ordinary objects. Yerba Buena has commissioned its very own "false" site-specific installation for this exhibit. Through June 26. free-$6. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787.

Zeum. "Toyz": Hands-on activities teach kids about the latest in tech toys. Daily. Free with museum admission, free-$7. "Reality Check": Young people get inspired to question their preconceptions about the world with this slate of arts, media, and technology tools. Through May 8. Free with museum admission. 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

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