Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Michelle O'Connor Gallery. "By Hand: Mixed-Media Photography": Through May 29. 2111 Mission (at 17th St.), 314-8396.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. "Art Without Borders/ Arte Sin Fronteras": Group show of young and emerging artists. Through May 27. 2868 Mission (at 25th St.), 821-1155.

Modernism. "Paintings & Drawings From the Broken Promised Land": New work by Tony Hernandez. Through June 18. "Robert Stivers": New work. Through June 18. 685 Market (at Kearny), 541-0461,

Newmark Gallery. "Essentialism": New paintings by Krzysztofa Zwierz-Ciok. Through May 28. 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, 392-3692,

Nob Hill Masonic Center. "The Universe Within: The Human Body Revealed": A science-educational exhibit featuring 200 former human bodies, preserved through the process of plastination. Daily, 11 a.m. $10-$17. 1111 California (at Taylor), 776-4702.

Octavia's Haze Gallery. "Dana Kawano & Remarque Loy": New paintings. Through May 29. 498 Hayes (at Octavia), 255-6818.

One Taste. "Refuge in Pleasure": Paintings by Teresa Moore. Through June 15. 1074 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 503-1100,

Patricia Sweetow Gallery. "Gene Davis: Stripe Paintings From the Estate": Vintage abstract paintings. Through May 28. 49 Geary at Kearny, 788-5126.

Pigman Gallery. "Fragments of a Cityscape": Installation art by Clark Buckner. Through May 28. 72 Tehama (at Fifth St.), 546-7441,

Red Ink Studios. Open Portfolio Night: Artists are welcome to sign up a week in advance of this first come, first served event. Last Thursday of every month. 1035 Market (at Sixth St.), 596-4810,

Rena Bransten Gallery. "Oliver Boberg": New photography. Through June 11. "Stratagems for Living": New paintings by Jessica Snow. Through June 11. 77 Geary (at Grant), 982-3292,

Robert Koch Gallery. "Paris During the Second Empire": Group photography show featuring the work of Edouard-Denis Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Julien Villeneuve, and others. Through July 2. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122.

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. "Stories of the City": Photography from the Sixth Street Photography Workshop. Through July 22. 401 Van Ness (at Larkin), 554-6080,

Sargent Claude Johnson Gallery. "Paul Robeson -- Revolutionary Artist": Group exhibition of art and artifacts honoring the life of Paul Robeson. Through July 22. 762 Fulton (at Webster), 922-0623.

Scott Nichols Gallery. "Peter Steinhauer": New and older photography. Through May 28. 49 Geary at Kearny, 788-4641,

SF Camerawork at New Langton Arts. "C5 Landscape Initiatives": Group show featuring digital photographs, sculpture, digital video, and a choreographed walk-through of the gallery using hand-held global positioning system devices. Through June 25. 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 863-1001,

The Simmons Gallery. "Latin Diversity": Group show including work by Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zûñiga, Francisco Ruiz, and Milton Estrella-Gavidia. Through May 31. 565 Sutter (at Mason), 986-2244,

SomArts Cultural Center. "Pirated: A Post Asian Perspective": Group show addressing ideas of ownership. Through May 29. 934 Brannan (at Eighth St.), 863-1414,

SoulArch Gallery. "Singularities": Photography by Frank Revi. Through June 25. 4033A Judah (at 45th Ave.), 759-4100.

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

Stephen Wirtz Gallery. "Sakura": New photographs by Taku Aramasa. Through May 28. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 433-6879,

Steven Wolf Fine Arts. "Airplane Narratives": Conceptual art by Charles Gaines. Through May 28. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 263-3677.

Takada Gallery. "Meditations": New work by Sue Dirksen. Through May 28. 251 Post (at Grant),

Weinstein Gallery/Geary Street. "The Great Spaces of the Mind": Solo exhibtion of paintings by Gordon Onslow Ford. Daily. "Abstract Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism 1940-1965": The first 25 years' worth of work by Gerome Kamrowski. Through June 6. 383 Geary (at Mason), 362-8151.

Museums Asian Art Museum. "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. "Shadows, Masks and Music: Aspects of the Performing Arts in Asia": The museum displays a diverse collection of musical instruments, set designs, costumes, and masks that are used in Asian performances. Tuesdays-Sundays. 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. 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. 200 Larkin (at McAllister), 581-3500,

Cable Car Museum. Permanent Exhibit: Located in a historic cable car powerhouse, the museum displays a variety of cable car gear, historic photographs, installations explaining how the cars work, and several antique vehicles. Daily. Free. 1201 Mason (at Washington), 474-1887.

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,

Cartoon Art Museum. "Small Press Spotlight Featuring Graham Annable": Voted Best Unknown Local Cartoonist by the SF Weekly, the self-published comic's exhibit includes his Grickle booklets. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 24. Free-$6. "Garfield: Meow and Then": A look back at 27 years' worth of comics about the fat, lazy, cynical orange cat. May 28-Sept. 25. Free-$6. 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. 655 Mission (at New Montgomery), 227-8666,

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