ORI GERSHT: HISTORY REPEATING Twenty-five works, both photographs and films, touching on tensions between beauty, violence, and historical memory by the contemporary Israeli artist. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
PAUL KLEE: PHILOSOPHICAL VISION; FROM NATURE TO ART An exploration of the links between the great Swiss modernist’s thinking and broader currents in philosophy, with major loans from museums in Switzerland and the United States. Through Dec. 9. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Boston. 617-552-8100, www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum
JULIANNE SWARTZ: HOW DEEP IS YOUR Inventive, poetic, and witty installations and sculptures that play with perception. Through Dec. 30. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org
HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY BY STEPHEN JONES More than 250 turbans, bonnets, and other imaginative hats designed by British “milliner to the stars” Stephen Jones, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Through Feb. 3. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876, www.pem.org
CROSSING CULTURES: THE OWEN AND WAGNER COLLECTIONOF CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN ART AT THE HOOD MUSEUM OF ART More than 100 works of Australian indigenous art from the Hood’s collection, including acrylic paintings, bark paintings, and sculptures. Sept. 15-March 10. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 603-646-2808, www.hood
SOL LEWITT: THE WELL-TEMPERED GRID Work from five decades focusing on the importance of the grid to LeWitt’s career, and emphasizing his passion for music — especially Bach. Sept. 15-Dec. 9. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 413-597-2429,
DOR GUEZ: 100 STEPS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN Photographs and video installations by a contemporary, Jerusalem-born artist exploring the overlooked history of Palestinian Christians in the Middle East. Sept. 20-Dec. 9. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose
AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE,1927-1942 A look at the influence of John Graham’s circle on American modernism. Sept. 21-Dec. 30. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015, www.andover.edu/
WEATHERBEATEN: WINSLOW HOMER AND MAINE Timed to coincide with the opening of the renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, this show gathers together 35 major works painted by Homer in the final decade of his life. Sept. 22-Dec. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum
CARO: CLOSE UP The first US-organized survey of the work of the seminal British modernist sculptor Sir Anthony Caro since 1975. Oct. 18-Dec. 30. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. 877-274-8278, www.british
IN THE HOLOCENE A group exhibition featuring artists who have treated art as a kind of speculative science. Includes work by Berenice Abbott, John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Man Ray, Joseph Beuys, Uta Barth, and many more. Oct. 19-Jan. 6. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.edu
CHRIS GUSTIN: MASTERWORKS IN CLAY The first museum survey of the 35-year career of this ceramicist who favors biomorphic forms. Oct. 20-Feb. 24. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000, www.fuller
MARIO TESTINO: IN YOUR FACE A career retrospective of the work of the acclaimed fashion photographer, known for his sexy snapshot style. Oct. 21-Feb. 3. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
HEROES AND VILLAINS: THE COMIC BOOK ART OF ALEX ROSS An overview of the work of this artist who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and proceeded to revolutionize classic superhero comic book art. The show will also feature work by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew Loomis. Nov. 10-Feb. 24. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge.
THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE & POLITICS IN THE 1980S An ambitious historical overview of the main currents of art-making in the 1980s, from neo-expressionism and appropriation art to the rise of conceptual photography and abject art. Nov. 16-March 3. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston
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