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The ICA is celebrating its 75th anniversary. This groundbreaking show presents work by 40 contemporary artists exploring the multilayered connection between drawing and dance.
Through Jan. 16. Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.com
Degas and the Nude
Edgar Degas’s career-long fascination with the nude - mostly female but also male - is addressed for the first time in this ambitious exhibition organized by Degas expert and departing MFA curator George Shackelford.
Through Feb. 5. Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
Rembrandt and Degas: Two Young Artists
The Clark recently presented a show about Degas’s influence on Picasso. Now it presents a selection of portraits and etchings aiming to shed light on Rembrandt’s influence on Degas.
Nov. 13 through Feb. 5. Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-2303, www.clarkart.edu.
Man Ray — Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism
Lee Miller was a great photographer and photojournalist as well as a model. Man Ray was the great surrealist photographer and provocateur. They were lovers and friends. This show explores their creative relationship.
Through Dec. 4. Salem, Mass. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org.
Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art
Work by artists interested in the intersection between architectural space and performance, including Vito Acconci, robbinschilds, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Erwin Wurm.
Through Dec. 31. Lincoln, Mass. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org.
Sandford Biggers: The Cartographer’s Conundrum
A multimedia installation by this New York-based artist, who riffs on the work of his late cousin, the artist and scholar John Biggers, and on Afro-futurism, a recent movement linking black culture with science fiction, cosmology, and technology. The movement has roots in the work of musician Sun Ra, and finds expression in films like "The Matrix" and bands like OutKast.
Dec. 11 through Oct. 30. North Adams, Mass. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org.
Wolf Kahn: Brattleboro Pastels
An intimate show of pastel landscapes by the celebrated German-born American artist, all of them completed in 2011 during Kahn’s annual summer in Brattleboro.
Through Feb. 5. Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org.
Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography
A selection of photographs amounting to a pictorial history of rock ’n’ roll, drawn from the largest private collection of photographs of rock musicians in the United States. The show, organized by the Portland Museum of Art, includes images of everyone from Elvis and the Rolling Stones through to U2 and Kurt Cobain.
Through Jan. 15. Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org
Native American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art
Native American art in many different styles and from many periods taken from the Hood’s exceptional collection.
Through March 11. Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 603-646-2808, hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu.
Gather up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection
More than 200 objects from the collection of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, the first important collectors of Shaker objects, in a show that tells the story of the collection’s development.
Oct. 27 through Feb. 5. Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org.
A survey of contemporary rug hooking by American textile artists, reaching back to the modernist works of Marguerite Zorach.
Through Feb. 5. Rockland, Maine. 207-596-6457, www.farnsworthmuseum.org.
Along the Yangze River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan
Billed as the first exhibition ever to focus on the regional characteristics of Hunan sculpture, this show presents around 60 bronze sculptures and monumental bells made in southern China between 1300 B.C.E. and 221 B.C.E.
Through Jan. 8. Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum.
Made in the UK: Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection
Approximately 100 works of British postwar art given to RISD by Providence native Richard Brown Baker (or purchased with funds he made available).
Through Jan. 8. Through Jan. 8. Providence. 401-454-6400, www.risdmuseum.org
Johan Zoffany Ra: Society Observed
An in-depth look at this leading society painter in late-18th century Britain.
Oct. 27 through Feb. 12. New Haven, Conn. 877-274-8278, britishart.yale.edu.
The Exacting Eye of Walker Evans
A revealing show examining Evans’s underexamined post-Depression era photographs, delving particularly into his time in Connecticut, where he spent three decades, teaching at Yale and living in Lyme.
Through Jan. 29. Old Lyme, Conn. 860-434-5542, www.flogris.org.
Patti Smith: Camera Solo
The first US exhibition of photographs by the pioneering musician, poet, and performer.
Through Feb. 19. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Conn. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org