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CRITIC’S PICKS

Critic’s picks: Art museums

ART

DEGAS AND THE NUDE Edgar Degas’s career-long fascination with the nude is addressed for the first time in this ambitious exhibition. Through Feb. 5. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE AMERICAN SCENE, 1929-1945

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Exploring the role of African-Americans in the visual and performing arts during the Great Depression and World War II. Through April 22. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

SHAPESHIFTING: TRANSFORMATIONS IN NATIVE AMERICAN ART

A survey of Native American art, from historical objects to ambitious contemporary works. Through April 29. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE
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