Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

The Lee Gallery. "The Trees of Angkor": Photographs of Cambodia by Eric Alan Pritchard. Through Sept. 5. 577 Geary (at Jones), 674-9500.

Madrone Lounge. "Tesseract": The seven women artists in the esoterically titled exhibition "Tesseract" explore childhood fantasy's creepy uncharted terrain (with detours through mythology, bondage, and fashion). Highlights include the eerie, diaphanous photography of Kimberly Verde and Summer-Jane Bell's whimsical mixed media sculptures. Through Aug. 31. Free. 500 Divisadero (at Fell), 241-0202, www.madronelounge.com.

Mechanics' Institute Library. "Flowers & English Gardens": Photography by Margaretta K. Mitchell. Through Oct. 1. 57 Post (at Market), 393-0101, www.milibrary.org.

Michelle O'Connor Gallery. "100 Ft. Whale": New Work by Sarah Applebaum, Alex Clausen, Sherry Koyama, Julia Petho, and Allen Stickel. Opening reception is Sept. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 2-24. 2111 Mission (at 17th St.), 314-8396.

Mission Dolores. "Ohlone Portraits": An exhibit that features life-size depictions of the Ohlone people, a Native American tribe. Through Oct. 1. $2-$3. 3321 16th St. (at Dolores), 621-8203.

National Product. "Bad Taste": Andrew DeWitt's tableware. Aug. 31-Sept. 17. 1845 Market (at Guerrero), 255-1920.

Newmark Gallery. "San Francisco Cityscapes": Group show of paintings. Through Oct. 1. 251 Post (at Stockton), No. 412, 392-3692, www.newmarkgallery.com.

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. www.theuniversewithin.org. 1111 California (at Taylor), 776-4702.

Oakland Art Gallery. "Photoo: The Subvention and Subversion of Photography": New work by Lisa Blatt, John Collins, Francesca Pastine, Roy Tomlinson, Pamela Wilson, Nina Zurier. Co-curated by Pamela Wilson and Nina Zurier. Through Sept. 24. 199 Kahn's Alley (at 14th St.), Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 510-637-0395, www.oaklandartgallery.org.

One Taste. "Durwood Zedd: Nudes": New photographs. Through Sept. 12. 1074 Folsom (at Seventh St.), 503-1100, www.onetastesf.com.

Paul Thiebaud Gallery. "Twenty-Five Treasures": Group show. Opening reception is Sept. 6 at 5:30pm. Sept. 6-Oct. 29. free. 718 Columbus (at Filbert), 434-3055.

Pigman Gallery. "Paper! Awesome!": The show features more than 450 2-D works on sheets of paper from 150 artists around the country, all strung together in a quilt. Through Aug. 31. free. 72 Tehama (at Fifth St.), 546-7441, www.pigmangallery.org.

Polarity Post Production. "Source and Inspiration": Group show featuring the work of AnneKarin Glass, Deborah Tash, Diane Holland, Heather Hanan, Holly Calica, Jamie Erfurdt, Jennifer Mack, John Wilson, Judith Miller, Maurice Edelstein, Mike Kendall, Muffin Hyche, Lisette Lugo, Pat Koenigsberg, Pauline Crowther Scott, Sherri Cavan, Sylvia Buettner, and Tom Hyman. Through Oct. 15. 69 Green (at Front), 421-6622.

Purple Skunk Boardshop. "Skate OR Die Skateboard Show": Skateboard art by Andrew Pommier, Andy Jenkins, Andy Mueller, Brian Barneclo, Greg Galinksy, Joe Kral, N8 Van Dyke, Ferris Plock, Porous Walker, Sirron Norris, and others. Through Sept. 2. 5820 Geary (at 22nd Ave.), 668-7905.

Red Ink Studios. "Open Portfolio Nights Take Two": Monthly portfolio night from 7 to 10 p.m. Fourth Wednesday of every month. $5. "The Ultimate Altered Barbie Show": A multimedia exhibit of more than 60 artists' interpretations of the Mattel icon. Through Aug. 31. free. 1035 Market (at Sixth St.), 596-4810, www.redinkstudios.com.

Richmond Art Center. Add Your Voice to "Richmond Stories": Contribute to this ongoing art and oral history project by e-mailing answers to the following questions to connection@therac.org: How did you or your family come to Richmond in the first place? What are your happiest memories here? What have you liked most about your community? What historic events stand out most in your memory and your family stories? What stories seem to capture Richmond's essence? What issues and challenges have you faced here? What are your dreams for Richmond's next 100 years? Daily. 22540 Barrett (Civic Center Plaza), Richmond, 510-620-6772.

San Francisco Center for the Book. "Multiplicity for Millions": The art and history of the rubber stamp. Through Oct. 28. free. 300 De Haro (at 16th St.), 565-0545, www.sfcb.org.

Sargent Claude Johnson Gallery. "And They Were Fruitful: A Dedication to the African Diaspora.": One-woman show by sculptor Nena St. Louis, as part of the AfroSolo Arts Festival. Through Sept. 17. 762 Fulton (at Webster), 922-0623.

Sculpturesite Gallery. "Vernissage": Features selections by more than 20 artists, including large-scale pieces by Bruce Beasley, Jeffery Laudenslager, and Clement Meadmore. Through Oct. 8. free. 201 Third Street, Suite 102 (at Howard), 495-6400, www.sculpturesite.com.

SF Black and White Gallery. "Fifth Anniversary Limited Edition Prints": Twenty-five popular images of San Francisco. Through Oct. 31. 619 Post (at Taylor), 929-9424, www.sfblackandwhite.com.

SF Camerawork at New Langton Arts. "Solos": Work by Tracey Snelling, Luis Delgado, and Cynthia Greig. Through Sept. 10. free. 1246 Folsom (at Eighth St.), 863-1001, www.sfcamerawork.org.

Steel Gallery. "Fine Things": New work by Steven Skollar, Gordon Smedt, and Kazaan Viveiros. Through Sept. 24. 3524 Sacramento (at Laurel), 885-1655, www.steelgalleryinc.com.

Steven Wolf Fine Arts. "Pop Spelled Backwards Is Pop": Work by artists such as John Clem Clarke, Bob Stanley, and Archigram. Through Sept. 24. Free. 49 Geary (at Kearny), 263-3677.

Traywick Contemporary. "Photo-Based": Group show by eight artists. Sept. 1-Dec. 1. free. 895 Colusa (at Solano), Berkeley, 510-527-1214, www.traywick.com.

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

War Memorial and Performing Arts Center's Green Room. "Show Business: Irving Berlin's Broadway: Visual exhibition of the songwriter's work. Through Dec. 17. free. 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 674-4764.

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