"Abandoned": Photography by Brian Ulrich and Claude-Joseph Désiré. Sept. 10-Oct. 31. Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny), 421-0122, www.kochgallery.com.
"American Qur'an": New paintings by Sandow Birk. Sept. 12-Oct. 17. Catharine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna (at New Montgomery), 399-1439, www.cclarkgallery.com.
"Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith & Stephen Brown": Nov. 14-June 6. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK, in Golden Gate Park), 750-3600, www.deyoungmuseum.org.
"Beautiful, Dirty, Dirty, Rich": New work by David Hevel. Sept. 10-Oct. 17. Marx & Zavattero, 77 Geary (at Grant), 627-9111, www.marxzav.com.
"Cartier and America": Dec. 19-April 18. Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. (at Clement), 863-3330, www.thinker.org.
"Colonization of the Dreamworld"/"Prints on the Edge": Work by Ewa Gavrielov, Connie Harris, Justin Hoover, Lisa Kokin, Johanna Poethig, and Kazuo Watanabe. Sept. 10-26. Togonon Gallery, 77 Geary (at Grant), 398-5572, www.togonongallery.com.
"Donald Judd & Sol LeWitt: Conceptual Color in Print": Oct. 17-Feb. 20. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden (at JFK, in Golden Gate Park), 750-3600, www.deyoungmuseum.org.
"Forms & Shapes": Work by Dennis Gallagher. Sept. 10-Oct. 10. Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary (at Grant), 982-3292, www.renabranstengallery.com.
"The Future Is So Bright": New work by Albert Reyes. Sept. 12-Oct. 5. White Walls Gallery, 835 Larkin (at Myrtle), 931-1500, www.whitewallssf.com.
"Intertidal Zone"/"Liquescent": New work by Kim Anno and Gail Wright. Sept. 10-Oct. 17. Patricia Sweetow Gallery, 77 Geary (at Grant) (mezzanine), 788-5126, www.patriciasweetowgallery.com.
"Lightning Fields": New work by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Sept. 10-Oct. 31. Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny) (fourth fl.), 981-2661, www.fraenkelgallery.com.
Maya Lin's "What Is Missing?": The artist and architect unveils her new public memorial, which she says will be her last. Thu., Sept. 17, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse (at Tea Garden), 379-8000, www.calacademy.org.
"Neighborhood S.F.": San Francisco-inspired art by Mike Giant, Jeremy Fish, Sylvia Ji, Mars-1, Adam Flores, Adam 5100, Coro, and more. Sept. 3-26. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna (at Second St.), 974-1719, www.111minnagallery.com.
"The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography": Sept. 5-Dec. 20. SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.
"'Science' Fiction": Oct. 8-Nov. 21. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St. (at Dolores), 863-2108, www.creativityexplored.org.
"The Stencil Show": With new works from Adam 5100, David Soukup, Chris Stain, Ernesto Yerena, Tes One, and Casey Gray. Oct. 10-Nov. 7. White Walls Gallery, 835 Larkin (at Myrtle), 931-1500, www.whitewallssf.com.
"Struggle"/"Cewebrities": Work by Servando Garcia and Ariel Erestingcol. Oct. 1-28. Togonon Gallery, 77 Geary (at Grant), 398-5572, www.togonongallery.com.
"Terrestrial Syndrome": New work by Erik Otto and Kevin E. Taylor. Sept. 10-Oct. 10. Shooting Gallery, 839 Larkin (at O'Farrell), 931-8035, www.shootinggallerysf.com.
"Wild Wild West": New work by Deborah Oropallo. Sept. 10-Oct. 31. Stephen Wirtz Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny), 433-6879, www.wirtzgallery.com.
Fall Arts Guide
Nicola Luisotti by Chloe Veltman
Five Classical Music and Opera Events to See This Fall by Chloe Veltman
Stage Sage: Speculating about this season's theatrical experiments by Chris Jensen
Other Fall Stage Events by Chris Jensen
Harpoons and Harbingers: This fall, visual artists bite, reflect, and cannibalize by Traci Vogel
HUM525: Hitting the Books: Your required reading for the fall semester by Jonathan Kiefer