Nothing really big, certainly not in the King Tut class of blockbusters, but new shows do come with the new year. Some promising exhibits are at, or coming, to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum and elsewhere. For example:
» Dec. 7, 1941, is well-known as the "Day of Infamy," but there was another one, on Feb. 19 of the following year: the signing of Executive Order No. 9066, for the internment of all persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Now, 65 years later, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, at its new downtown location, will commemorate that black mark on the country’s history. Besides "Day of Remembrance" anniversary events on Feb. 19 (with free admission, call for more information), the museum also continues with its "The Art of Gaman" exhibit, featuring arts and crafts created in internment camps and curated by Delphine Hirasuna. ("Gaman" means "to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.") The museum is at 51 Yerba Buena Lane. Call (415) 227-4888 or visit www.mocfa.org.
» There is no proof, but it’s likely that our town is the first ever to host a museum exhibit about a nightclub. Opening on March 27, in SFPALM (the Performing Arts Library & Museum in the Veterans War Memorial Building), is "Enrico Banducci’s the hungry i," about the tiny North Beach nightclub with the huge role in entertainment history. The exhibition, curated by Brad Rosenstein and Gerald Nachman, will include materials from Banducci’s personal collection, SFPALM and other archives and lenders. The museum is on the fourth floor at 401 Van Ness Ave. Call (415) 255-4800 or visit www.sfpalm.org.
» At the Asian Art Museum, February brings exhibits about Indian and Japanese art, both opening Feb. 2. "Princes, Palaces, and Passion: The Art of India’s Mewar Kingdom" is about one of the oldest and most important "princely states" with its courtly paintings and vibrant folk arts. Rajasthan, the region where Mewar was located, is famous for its ancient temples and forts and its landscapes varying from green valleys to craggy desert cliffs. "Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture from the Cotsen Collection" comes from the 832-objectcollection the museum acquired four years ago. More than 70 artworks will be shown, some created by masters designated in Japan as "Living National Treasures." The museum is at 200 Larkin St. Call (415) 581-3500 or visit www.asianart.org.
» At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, besides four floors of exhibits, there are events of note in the ground-level Phyllis Wattis Theater, including a Werner Herzog retrospective, in conjunction with the Anselm Kiefer exhibit. Continuing with the German master’s films, MoMA will screen "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18; "Grizzly Man" at 3 p.m. Jan. 20; a rare "Nosferatu" double-bill at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 (Herzog’s and the original F.W. Murnau classic); and three Herzog documentaries at 2 p.m. Jan. 27. The museum is at 151 Third St. Call (415) 357-4000 or visit www.sfmoma.org.