Jewels, pop culture, cinema and paintings by masters fill museums, while galleries offer fine photography.
Art of Bulgari
The de Young rolls out the proverbial red carpet for “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950-1990.” Featuring some 150 bejeweled pieces, the show highlights the period when stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollibrigida wanted blindingly eye-catching jewelry to dazzle the paparazzi, and favored Bulgari for its bold colors, sizeable gems and striking geometry. [Sept. 21-Feb. 17. $10-$22. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; (415) 750-3060, deyoung.famsf.org]
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
The 10,000-square-foot show celebrates “Star Wars” in relationship to technology and science. Props, costumes and models from all six films are on view, including a Darth Vader helmet, Yoda puppet, Chewbacca costume and lightsabers. The interactive portion includes a green screen with props and rides in a Millennium Falcon replica. [Oct. 19-Feb. 23. $22. Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market St., San Jose; (408) 294-8324, www.thetech.org]
In a vast exhibit of 300 artworks displayed across 18,000 square feet, the de Young presents its largest ever show: “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition.” Hockney is arguably Britain's most popular artist still at work. This exhibit is a comprehensive survey including watercolors, oil paintings, pencil and charcoal drawings, iPad works and his verdant Yorkshire landscapes and California scenes. [Oct. 26-Jan. 20. $25. De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; (415) 750-3060, deyoung.famsf.org]
More than 90 works by Anders Zorn — a Swedish painter once as famous as John Singer Sargent — make up “Anders Zorn, Sweden's Master Painter.” Deftly talented in watercolors and oils, Zorn was one of the most sought after artists of the gilded age at the turn of the 20th century, and is largely remembered for his draftsmanship, portraits and nudes. [Nov. 9-Feb. 12. $16. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., Lincoln Park, S.F.; (415) 750-3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org]
Culled from the Prelinger Archive of more than 60,000 ephemeral films is “Bay Motion: Capturing the San Francisco Bay on Film,” a multi-screen installation collage picturing the Bay Area from cinema's earliest days to the 1970s. “Bay Motion” complements “Above and Below: Stories of Our Changing Bay,” a multimedia exhibit exploring the last 6,000 years of human and natural history in the Bay Area, exhibited across OMCA's revamped California Art, History and Natural Sciences galleries. [Nov. 9-June 29. $12. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland; (510) 310-8400, www.museumca.org]
In the galleries
David Maisel: Mining
Maisel's aerial photographs of open pit mines document environmental interference and also beauty. The artist appears at the gallery in conversation with Fine Arts Museums Chief Curator Julian Cox at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
[Sept. 5-Oct. 26. Free. Haines Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 397-8114, www.hainesgallery.com]
Charles Gatewood: Fifty Years
Gatewood's first published photograph of Bob Dylan in Stockholm in 1966 launched his career. A noted rock photographer for Rolling Stone in the 1970s, Gatewood is also an exceptional photojournalist with an eye for the bizarre, ironic and erotic. An opening reception and book signing is at 3 p.m. Sept. 7.
[Sept. 5-Nov. 30. Free. Robert Tat Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F., (415) 781-1122, www.roberttat.com]
The fêted photographer famous for his New Jersey images turns 75 in October, with this retrospective show celebrating his 60-year oeuvre.
[Sept. 5-Nov. 2. Free. Scott Nichols Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F., (415) 788-4641, www.scottnicholsgallery.com]
Tamas Dezso: Epilogue
Large-scale photographs by the Hungarian photographer document a bleak but pastoral Romania, a country still struggling with limited infrastructure and poverty post-communism. An opening reception is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12.
[Sept. 12-Nov. 2. Free. Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 421-0122, www.kochgallery.com]
Roger Ballen, Corey Arnold, Michael Jang and Sheri Lyn Behr are among the 34 photographers included in this group show of photos the artists took during childhood and adolescence.
[Oct. 17-Nov. 17. Free. RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St.; S.F., (415) 495-3773, www.raykophoto.com]