Artbeat

Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. "Sparks, Waves, & Wizards: Communication at Sea": The permanent exhibit presents artifacts exploring the means of maritime communications. Daily. Free-$6. Fort Mason Building E (Marina & Buchanan), 561-7000.

San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum. "150 Years of Dance in California": The exhibit spotlights over a century of dance in the Golden State with photographs and programs. Daily. "Maestro!: Photographic Portraits by Tom Zimberoff": The artist captures a generation of national and international conductors in his portraits. Daily. 401 Van Ness (at McAllister), 255-4800, www.sfpalm.org.

San Jose Museum of Art. "Inside Out: Selections From the Permanent Collection": Highlights of the museum's 35th-anniversary exhibition include Mildred Howard's Abode: Sanctuary for the Familia(r), a chamber built of blue glass bottles, and Brian Goggin's Desire for the Other, a couch stuffed with household appliances. Daily. Free. 110 South Market (at San Fernando), San Jose, 408-271-6840.

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. "Building a Collection: Past, Present, and Future": Deborah Loft, professor of art history, presents outstanding artworks from the collection and their histories. Tue., Oct. 4, noon. Free. "Art and Conversation": Jill Dawsey, curatorial associate, discusses the legacy of conceptual art. Fri., Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Free. College Day: SFMOMA invites the college community to visit and view "The Art of Richard Tuttle." Spend time in the galleries looking at art, learn more about upcoming exhibitions and events, and attend a special program. Sat., Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Free. Paul Strand: Under the Dark Cloth: A film by John Walker. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 3 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20. "Responses to the Art of Richard Tuttle": Faculty members from Bay Area institutions share their reactions to and thoughts about Richard Tuttle's radical and innovative work. Sat., Oct. 1, 2 p.m. $4-$14. Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist: A film by Chris Maybach. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 1 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 16. "Architecture & Design Permanent Collection": An ongoing presentation featuring more than 100 works illustrating concepts in design and architecture. 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. "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. "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. "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 Richard Tuttle": More than 300 works comprise this retrospective exhibit. Through Oct. 16. "New Work: Edgar Arceneaux": Featuring selections from "Borrowed Sun." Through Nov. 20, 11 a.m. Free-$12.50. "Robert Adams: Turning Back": Inspired by the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, photographer Robert Adams's most recent work presents a new look at the territory these explorers covered and the results of their effort. Sept. 29-Jan. 3. Member Reception: "Robert Adams: Turning Back": Join fellow members to celebrate the opening of "Robert Adams: Turning Back," a special photography exhibition reexamining the legacy of Lewis and Clark. Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Free for members. Free-$12.50. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

Zeum. "Toyz": Hands-on activities teach kids about the latest in tech toys. Daily. Free with museum admission, free-$7. 221 Fourth St. (at Howard), 777-2800.

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