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de Young Museum. "The Sculpture of Ruth Asawa: Contours in the Air": This exhibition of approximately 54 sculptures and 45 works on paper, with additional documentary source materials including notebooks and vintage photographs by Imogen Cunningham, constitutes the first complete retrospective of the Ruth Asawa's enduring and richly varied career. Through Jan. 28, 2007. "Since 2001: Recent Prints by Ed Ruscha": The approximately 25 prints featured in this exhibition are recent additions to the Edward Ruscha Graphic Arts Archive, a body of work that was acquired by the Fine Arts Museums in 2000. Through March 4, 2007. "The Quilts of Gee's Bend": The quilts of Gee's Bend make San Francisco the final stop in their widely acclaimed nationwide tour. Through Dec. 31. California Impressions Featuring Landscapes from the Wendy Willrich Collection": This exhibition features thirty beautiful California landscape paintings from the collection of Bay Area art collector Wendy Willrich. Through Jan. 28, 2007. "Highlights of the Art and Architecture of the New de Young": Enjoy a 50-minute, docent-led tour. Through Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. "Introduction to the Masterworks of the New de Young Collections": Enjoy a 50-minute, docent-led tour. Through Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. "Friday Nights at the de Young": An art-focused happy hour, with special performances and hands-on activities plus cheap admission. Fridays, 5 p.m. $5. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.
Exploratorium. "Traits of Life": A major exhibition area with 30 biology exhibits and demonstrations that help visitors understand the fundamental elements common to all living things from humans to amoebas. Daily. Free with museum admission. 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 397-5673, www.exploratorium.edu.
Legion of Honor. The Reverend Howard Finster (1916Ð2001) joins a long tradition of visionary American artists who worked outside the structure of the fine arts establishment. Through April 6, 2007. "Transparent Reflections: Richard Pousette-Dart Works on Paper 19401992": This exhibition and catalogue of 52 works bring together a substantial body of Pousette-Dart's drawings, which might more accurately be called paintings on paper, as well as several of his ethereal hand-colored etchings. Through Jan. 14, 2007. "Claude Lorrain: The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum": The French 17th-century landscape artist is featured in this exhibition showcasing his unique response to the topography and atmospheric effects characteristic of the Roman countryside. Through Jan. 14, 2007. "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 the African Diaspora. "Painting Ethiopia: The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw": At the age of 70, Ethiopian artist Qes Adamu Tesfaw is regarded by many as Ethiopia's finest living artist. Through March 5, 2007. "Beaded Blessings": The exhibition is comprised of over 4,000 beaded prayers inspired by African amulet traditions. Through Jan. 15, 2007. St. Regis Hotel, 685 Mission (at Third St.), 358-7200, www.moadsf.org.
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. Tina in Mexico: A film by Brenda Longfellow. Through Jan. 2, 2007. "Architecture & Design Permanent Collection": An ongoing presentation featuring more than 100 works illustrating concepts in design and architecture. Daily. "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth": Through Jan. 21, 2007. "SFMOMA Collection Highlights": In addition to spotlighting photographs, paintings, and sculptures in the SFMOMA collection, this audio guide includes a musical tour. Daily. $3. "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. "New Work: Phil Collins": Collins' video installation dünya dinlemiyor (the world won't listen) features young people in Istanbul, performing karaoke versions of tracks from the eponymous album by the Smiths, recorded with musicians in Bogot. Through Jan. 1, 2007. "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. "Charged Space: Jane and Louise Wilson/Fikret Atay": "Charged Space" features two video installations that allude to the loaded histories of specific sites. Through Jan. 21, 2007. "Paul Klee: Innocence and Insanity": This selection of works on paper examines Klee's interest in the playfulness, ornamentation, and compulsive patterning characteristic of the art of the innocent and the insane. Through April 1, 2007. "Mexico as Muse: Tina Modotti and Edward Weston": An exhibit of the most significant photographs that Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, two of the major figures in 20th-century photography, made during their time in Mexico. Through Jan. 2, 2007. "Alexander Girard: Vibrant Modern": A selection of Girard's lively, bold designs from the SFMOMA collection, including textiles designed for Herman Miller in the 1960s and works created for La Fonda del Sol Restaurant in New York. Through Feb. 25, 2007. "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. "Imposing Order: Contemporary Photography and the Archive": This exhibition highlights contemporary critiques of the notion of the archive, presenting artworks that explore the documentary nature of photography as well as the human compulsion to create order. Through Jan. 2, 2007. 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. Werner Herzog Retrospective: Through Jan. 27, 2007. $8-$10. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.
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