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Critic's picks for art museums to visit this fall in New England

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INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Dance/Draw

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

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

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

THE STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE

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.

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

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.

DeCORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM

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.

MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEPMORARY ART

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.

BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM AND ART CENTER

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.

CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART

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

HOOD MUSEUM OF ART

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.

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART

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.

FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM

Beyond Rugs!

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.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART

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.

MUSEUM OF ART, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN

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

YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART

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.

FLORENCE GRISWOLD MUSEUM

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.

WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART

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

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