Summer arts preview: Museums and galleries 

click to enlarge More than 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Frank Stella are on view at the de Young in June. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • More than 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Frank Stella are on view at the de Young in June.

A few big shows are opening in Bay Area museums and galleries this summer, but many notable exhibits already on view continue through the fall

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art

The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection: More than 50 works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Frank Stella are on view in a show featuring prized pieces from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. For the first time, Barnett Newman's "Stations of the Cross" is staged as the artist intended, in a separate, chapel-like gallery. June 7-Oct. 12, $14-$24. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F., (415) 750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org

Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay

The show includes more than 70 vintage prints dating from the late 1960s to the early '70s by the early chronicler of the gay experience. Friedkin's voracious eye captured life in bars, clubs, hotels and on the street. June 14 through Jan. 11, $7-$10. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F., (415) 750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org

The Valley/El Valle: Photo-essays from California's Heartland

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries presents a show curated by Ann Jastrab featuring 100 photographs in nine photo essays. Images include historical scenes during the height of California's farm labor movement in the 1970s. Opening reception and tour at 5 p.m. June 17, Mondays-Fridays, through Sept. 19, free. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F., (415) 554-6080

Gorgeous

Drawing on works from the permanent collections in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum, the show juxtaposes works by modern masters like Duchamp, Picasso, Rothko and Koons (including Koons' "Michael Jackson and Bubbles," above) with Asian masterworks, providing new context for the term "gorgeous." June 20-Sept. 14, $8-$12. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F., (415) 581-3500, www.asianart.org

Yosemite: A Storied Landscape

The California Historical Society presents an eclectic show in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, highlighting the area's hypnotic ability to seduce artists like Ansel Adams, Chiura Obata and Carleton Watkins. The show also features anecdotes and stories from Yosemite's earliest visitors. June 29-Jan. 25, $5. California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F., (415) 357-1848, www.californiahistoricalsociety.org

Project Mah Jongg

The show, which originated at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, celebrates the Chinese game which was introduced to American audiences in 1923, when Abercrombie & Fitch started selling it. Complete with scorecards, ephemera, game pieces, aprons, photographs and more, the exhibit focuses on the game's cultural crossover after it became popular with Jewish women in the 1930s. July 13 through Oct. 28, $5-$12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F., (415) 655-7800, www.thecjm.org

31 Hands-16 Artists

The solo show features 16 large-format images by Bay Area photographer Mark Kitaoka, known for capturing movement and magic in live theatrical and dance performances. Wednesdays-Sundays, through July 20, free. North Gallery, Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, (650) 692-2101, www.peninsulamuseum.org

Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums

This exhibition of nearly 80 photographic prints by Carleton Watkins -- perhaps America's most influential 19th-century landscape photographer -- capture the beauty of the Northern Pacific Coast's most majestic wilderness sites as well as the dramatic transformation of isolated territories due to exploration, settlement, logging and mining. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Aug. 17, free. Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University, Stanford, (650) 723-4177, museum.stanford.edu

Intimate Impressionism

Hailing from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. -- which has one of the best impressionist collections in the world -- this show boasts big names such as Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir and more. An early Van Gogh is a notable highlight in the pleasing exhibit. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Aug. 3, $21-$24. Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, 100 34th Ave., S.F., (415) 750-3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org

La Cocina: The Culinary Treasures of Rosa Covarrubias

The exhibit displays the large collection of historical personal ceramics and cooking utensils that belonged to Covarrubias, who, along with her husband, illustrator Miguel Covarrubias, was part of a circle of leading Mexican artists which included Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Dolores del Rio and Antonio Ruiz. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Jan. 18, free. Mexican Museum, Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (415) 202-9700, www.mexicanmuseum.org

Leading Ladies and Femmes Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis

The exhibit showcases 70 original pencil animation drawings, conceptual artwork, paintings, cels and photographs from animator and Disney "imagineer" Marc Davis, who rendered characters including Tinker Bell, the "Sleeping Beauty" title heroine Aurora and its villain Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil. Daily, except closed Tuesdays, through Nov. 3, $12-$20. Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F., (415) 345-6800, www.waltdisney.org

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