The Cantor Arts Center presents more than 70 works that explore art-making in Europe and the Americas in the show "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art."
Featured artists include Margaret Bourke-White, Constantin Brancusi, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp and others. The works, from the 1910s to the early 1950s, include paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and illustrated books.
There are four thematic sections in the exhibition: the human figure, the imagination, the urban landscape and the object. Together they present the artists' responses to the conditions of modernity, spanning a range from the positive aspects of mobility and social improvement to the negative aspects of mechanical production and threats to the mind as well as the body.
Among the works on view is Fernand Léger's 1927 painting "Two Women in a Blue Background"; Man Ray's "rayographs" created using mass-produced objects and photosensitized paper; and Jacques Lipchitz's 1919 sculpture "Draped Woman."
The exhibition is co-organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Cantor Arts Center. It is curated by Hilarie Faberman of the Cantor Center and Nancy J. Troy of Stanford University and by Janet Bishop, Caitlin Haskell and Corey Keller of SFMOMA.
The show will be on view through March 16. The Cantor Arts Center is at 328 Lomita Drive at Stanford University. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 650-723-4177 or go to http://museum.stanford.edu.
The 28 resident artists of the Peninsula Art Institute present "Small Works" in the PAI Gallery through Dec. 31. Works range from paintings to collage, sculpture, jewelry, fabric and millinery.
Hours coincide with the adjacent Peninsula Museum of Art: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-692-2101. Admission is free.
Keeble & Shuchat Photography hosts an artists' show and reception from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 290 S. California St., Palo Alto. The exhibition features photographs from 25 participants in Pre-Visualization Workshops by Richard Dischler.
The exhibit will continue through January. Keeble & Shuchat is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Call 650-327-8996.
Ken and Ingrid Hanson are holding a holiday sale of their hand-blown art glass from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and continuing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 7.
You can enjoy light refreshments and snacks while checking out their newest designs. The studio is at 1045 Center St., San Carlos. Call 650-596-5163 or go to www.hansonartglass.com.
Raptors on view
"California Raptor Art" is on view at the Coastside Land Trust Gallery through Jan. 10. The show presents 35 works by 20 local artists.
The gallery is at 788 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, or by appointment by calling 650-726-5056. Go to www.CoastsideLandTrust.org.
For the holidays
The Holiday Gift Show opens Wednesday at Aegis Gallery in Saratoga. It includes works in pastel, watercolor, oil and acrylic, photography, drawings, jewelry, ceramics, glass art and more.
You can see the show through Jan. 5 at 14531 Big Basin Way. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Call 408-867-0171 or go to www.aegisgallery.com.
Angelica Di Chiara-Fusco is hosting an open studio event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1140 Truman St., Redwood City. The artist, born in Italy, will present a colorful journey through cityscapes and landscapes. She also is showing still life works and a new black and white collection titled "Donne" (Women).
Go to www.italianartstudio.com.
Information on visual and literary arts can be sent to Bonny Zanardi at Bzanardi@aol.com.