Winter Museums/Galleries Guide 

click to enlarge The Legion of Honor presents a show of impressionist works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Legion of Honor presents a show of impressionist works from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
The City’s major museums are serving up beloved paintings this season from impressionists and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th Century: Presented by Cantor Arts Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the show of more than 50 works (paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and illustrated books) by modern art’s major players – including Hans Bellmer, Constantin Brancusi, Salvador Dali, Wyndham Lewis, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy and Piet Mondrian – explores the physiological and psychological relationship between man and machine. Through March 16, free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, (650) 723-4177, museum.stanford.edu

Peter Hujar: Love & Lust: Photos by the provocateur range from high eroticism to stoic portraiture. The gallery also shows nine self-portraits by sensualist Nan Goldin, who was influenced by Hujar. Through March 8, free. Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., fourth floor, S.F., (415) 981-2661, www.fraenkelgallery.com

A Winter Solstice: The group show features snowy photographs by Ansel Adams, George Tice, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, Paul Strand and many more. Through Saturday, free. Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary St., fourth floor, S.F., (415) 788-4641,www.scottnicholsgallery.com

The Chasm Arena: The group exhibition of multimedia work by Zeina Barakeh and Michal Gavish, Cece Carpio, Dennis Kim and Michelle Lee, and Cybele Lyle traverses the themes of global connectivity, with videos and installations that meditate on culture clashes and conflicts in locales as varied as the Philippines, South Korea, Israel and Palestine. Friday (opening reception 6 to 9 p.m.) through April 5, free. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org

The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress 1933-1936: Recently acquired images by photographer Peter Stackpole of the constructioin of Bay Bridge are juxtaposed with similarly themed photos, paintings and sketches by his contemporaries. Feb. 1 through June 8, $6-$10. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., (415) 750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org

Arthur Szyk and the Art of the Haggadah: The exhibition highlights the unique story of “The Szyk Haggadah,” a 1940 work by Arthur Szyk, a Polish Jew who combined his passions for art and history into a commentary on the dangerous parallel between the Passover narrative of Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and developments unfolding in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The exhibition includes 48 original illustrations by Szyk as well as antique and contempory haggadot. Feb. 13 through June 29, $10-$12. Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F., (415) 655-7800, www.thecjm.org

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George: Although the iconic American artist is famous for her relationship with New Mexico, upstate New York came first. The first major retrospective to cover O’Keeffe’s prolific time from from 1918 until the early 1930s in the Lake George area – frequently shared with her photographer husband Alfred Stieglitz – the show features paintings, drawings and sketches including beloved botanical imagery and landscapes. Feb. 15 through May 11, $15-$29. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., (415) 750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org

Yoga: The Art of Transformation: Billed as the world’s first major exhibition on the topic, the show includes works from Europe, the U.S. and India dating from the second to the 20th centuries. Images ranging from benevolent deities and gurus to Tantric goddesses and sinister yogis reveal how practices and perceptions have changed over time and across communities. Feb. 21 through May 25, $8-$12. Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F., (415) 581-3500, www.asianart.org

Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa: Co-presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the show, which takes a fresh look at South African art, features recent paintings, sculpture, prints, multimedia works and photographs from SFMOMA’s groundbreaking exhibitions spotlighting Ernest Cole, David Goldblatt and Pieter Hugo. Feb. 21-June 29, $8-$10. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, downstairs galleries, 701 Mission St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.ybca.org/public-intimacy

Charles Parsons' Ships of the World Gallery: The San Mateo County History Museum celebrates the long-awaiting reopening the gallery, featuring 24 expertly crafted model ships by Parsons and an added mural by Peninsula artist Fred Sinclair with an event including children's activities and videos about shipbuilding and shipwreck history in the Bay Area. Noon to 4 p.m. March 16, free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, (650) 299-0104, www.historicsmc.org

Bouquets to Art: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the popular show features exotic creations by more than 100 top Bay Area floral designers inspired by works in Fine Arts Museums’ collections, along with demonstrations and talks from experts, including the chief floral designer for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding. 7 p.m. March 17 for opening gala ($200 and up); show runs March 18-23, $15-$22. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F., (415) 750-3600, deyoungmuseum.org

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art: Around 70 works by impressionists and post-impressionists, including Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Sisley, Vuillard and more, come to The City in a show organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., which has one of the best impressionist collections in the world. March 29 through Aug. 3, $12-$22. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F., (415) 750-3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org

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