Our critics weigh in on local exhibits

Legion of Honor. "Monet in Normandy": 60 paintings from the master. Through Sept. 17. "Picasso as Book Illustrator": The greatest book illustrator of the twentieth century. Through Sept. 3. "Big Kids/Little Kids": Children aged 3 1/2 to 6 years and their parents take a gallery tour and then participate in a related hands-on art activity. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Free with museum admission, free-$8. "Doing and Viewing Art": Kids aged 7-12 and their families tour the Legion of Honor's galleries before taking part in a hands-on creative workshop led by a professional artist. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Free with museum entrance fee, free-$8. Organ Concert: Weekly organ concerts. Saturdays, Sundays, 4 p.m. free. Ford Free Tuesdays: Get in free to the Legion of Honor every Tuesday, thanks to a grant from the Ford Motor Co. Tuesdays. Free. 100 34th Ave. (near Clement), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.

Museum of Craft & Folk Art. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken": Featuring four generations of African-American quiltmakers, including Gladys Henry, Laverne Brackens, Sherry Byrd, and Bara Byrd. Through July 23. 51 Yerba Buena Lane (at Mission), 227-4888, www.mocfa.org.

Oakland Museum of California. "Aftershock!": Brings to life the experiences of the men, women, and children who lived through the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire. Through Aug. 13. "Behind the Magic 50 Years of Disneyland": Go behind the scenes to see how Walt Disney and his Imagineers envisioned, created, and brought Disneyland to life. This touring exhibition includes hundreds of images and artifacts, including original artwork, construction drawings, architectural models, archival videos, promotional materials, and historic souvenirs. Through Aug. 20. 1000 Oak (at 10th St.), Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org.

Pier 45. "Amusing America": The evolution of modern amusement parks and their effects on the American cultural landscape are examined in this conglomeration of photographs, penny-arcade machines, and other ephemera. Daily, 10 a.m. Free. Fisherman's Wharf (Taylor & Jefferson), 552-1266.

Randall Museum. "Drop-In Art and Science Workshops": Each week kids and parents can participate in artistic activities that illuminate some aspect of science. Saturdays, 1 p.m. $3 per person. "Saturdays Are Special": Ongoing weekly drop-in, hands-on art and science workshops. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Free-$3. 199 Museum (at Roosevelt), 554-9600, www.randallmuseum.org.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium. "Leonardo Da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Mystic": The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum will explore the life and career of Leonardo Da Vinci. Through July 20. 1342 Naglee (at Alameda), San Jose, 408-947-3636, www.egyptianmuseum.org.

San Francisco Fire Museum. "Permanent Exhibits": Included among the items on display at this museum are antique fire extinguishers, old uniforms, cast-iron replicas of historic fire engines, hooks, ladders, and other ephemera. Daily. Free. 655 Presidio Avenue (at Bush), 563-4630.

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.

The San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. "Designs for a Consumer Culture": The work of Raymond Loewy. Through Aug. 27. 550 Sutter St. (at Powell), 773-0303, www.sfmcd.org.

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. Fisherman's Wharf (at Polk), 556-3002.

SF Museum of Modern Art. "Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation": Through Aug. 13. "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. Nagasaki from a 45 Degree Angle: The Photographer Shomei Tomatsu: A video screening in conjunction with the Shomei Tomatsu exhibit. Through Aug. 13. "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. "Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint": A full-scale survey of the artist's work occuping the museum's entire fourth floor. Through Sept. 17. "New Work: Tim Gardner, Marcelino Gonalves, Zak Smith": The latest exhibition in the ongoing "New Work" series presents the California museum premieres of three artists from across North America. Through Sept. 5. Drawing Restraint 9: A feature-length film and related photography, drawing, video, and sculpture. Through Sept. 17. SFMOMA Sculpture Garden Competition: Art on the rooftop garden. Through Sept. 5. "Architecture & Design Permanent Collection": An ongoing presentation featuring more than 100 works illustrating concepts in design and architecture. Daily. The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle: A 60-minute film. Through Sept. 17. "SFMOMA Collection Highlights": In addition to spotlighting photographs, paintings, and sculptures in the SFMOMA collection, this audio guide includes a musical tour. Daily. $3. Xefirotarch/design series 4: Art from Hernn Daz Alonso's Los Angeles-based architectural firm. Through Sept. 17. Daily Tours: Topics change daily for these free tours led by SFMOMA docents. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Spotlight Tours: These innovative tours bring artists' voices directly to visitors, beginning with a short video clip of a featured artist, then moving into the galleries for viewing and discussion. Fridays-Sundays, noon. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

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