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Summer at Fort Mason: Soviet folk art, eight other collections.

Both innocent and insightful, folk art is the art of the everyday. Through the utilitarian objects people make for themselves, it tells of their daily life, culture, sense of design, and craftsmanship. A folk-art show from the Soviet Union, on view at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center from June 21 to July 29, enriches understanding of a country more often described in political than in human terms. To make the most of your visit to art-hospitable Fort Mason, you can also stop by eight other collections here, ranging from traditional to contemporary. The Soviet show Folk Art of the Soviet Union is sponsored by the San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, which has its regular quarters in Building A. The exhibit will be presented in the Herbst Pavilion at Pier 2. It includes more than 750 objects mostly from the 19th-century collections of the State Museum of Ethnography of the Peoples of the U.S.S.R., Leningrad-reflecting the ethnic heritages of the 15 republics that make up this vast country. Good regional design can be observed in the most mundane carved and painted cups, bowls, and dippers. More refined are the textiles (including Siberian clothing and Central Asian rugs), Azerbaijanian metalwork, and Ukrainian glass and ceramics. Show hours are 10 to 6 daily (until 8 Tuesdays); admission is $6 ($5 for members, $4 for seniors and students, free for ages under 12). There will also be a Russian gift shop and cafe in Pier 2. More art to experience at Fort Mason Like a geode's shell, Fort Mason Center's outer appearance belies its inner sparkle. Its hulking warehouses (buildings A through D) and cavernous piers were built in the early 1900s, and look it. But inside, they house eight galleries and museums as well as a number of other arts groups. Perception Gallery, in the office of the Fort Mason Foundation in Building A, will feature the work of Barbara DosE through June 29. Admission is free; hours are 9 to 5 Mondays through Saturdays. San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum will present a smaller two-part show in its space in Building A while the Soviet exhibit runs in Pier 2. On view until July I are Brian Caldwell: Cardboard Furniture (on the main floor) and In Celebration: Ed Rossbach Baskets (upstairs). There's also a gift shop. Hours are I I to 5 Tuesdays through Sundays, Saturdays 10 to 5. Admission is $1, 50 cents for seniors, free under 12. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, a bright two-story space in Building A, offers for rent (for two months to individuals, three months to businesses) or sale sculpture, photographs, paintings, collages, and drawings by West Coast artists. Through June 30, the main exhibit space will feature artists from the Sacramento area. Admission to the museum is free; hours are 11:30 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays. Coffee Gallery, behind the coffee shop and snack bar in the center of Building B, displays works by students from the Fort Mason Art Center. Hours are 9 to 3 Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 9 to 8 Tuesdays through Thursdays. Free. Museo ItaloAmericano, in Building C, celebrates the cultural history of Italy and the Italian-American experience. It also has a gift shop. Hours are noon to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays. Free. San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, also in Building C, preserves and promotes the history and culture of African Americans. It offers a museum, gallery, and gift shop. Running through June will be an exhibit by the Wesleyans, black artists of San Francisco's Western Addition. Admission is $1, 50 cents for ages under 18; hours are noon to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays. Mexican Museum, in Building D, showcases historic and contemporary works of art. Running until July I will be The Myth and Fancy of Medrano (an artist who draws inspiration from Aztec mythology and Mexican village life); and until July 25 will be Portraits on the Wind: A Retrospective Exhibition of Robert Gonzales, 1939 1981. The museum has a large gift shop featuring handcrafted objects. Admission is $2, $1 seniors and students, free for ages under 10. Hours are noon to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays. Bayfront Gallery, the newest gallery at Fort Mason, occupies the long corridor leading to the Cowell Theater in the rear of Pier 2. It is open before and during Cowell Theater events; admission is free. For an added treat on your visit, plan to have a meal at Greens Restaurant in Building A. Renowned for its vegetarian cuisine, Greens also enjoys one of the city's best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. For reservations, call up to two weeks ahead (415/771-6222). Tuesdays through Saturdays, lunch is served from 11:30 to 2:15, dinner from 6 to 9:15; Sunday brunch is 10 to 2. Fort Mason Center is off Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street. For more information, call 441-5706. El
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