Theater & art

The ticket: Art museums

Williams College Museum of Art

MAURICE PRENDERGAST: BY THE SEA A retrospective of the great early American modernist’s work, focusing on his depictions of leisure activities by the sea. (Pictured: Detail of “St. Malo.”) Through Oct. 13. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275. www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

COURBET: MAPPING REALISM Drawing on collections in Belgium and the United States, the show traces the influence of the father of 19th-century realism on artists and collectors in both countries. Through Dec. 8. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100, www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/artmuseum

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MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS: MY MOTHER TOLD ME Three multimedia installations, with autobiographical elements, by the Boston-based artist who emigrated from Cuba in 1991. Through Dec. 8. Tufts University Art Gallery. 617-627-3518, ase.tufts.edu/gallery

SEBASTIAN SMEE

SHE WHO TELLS A STORY: WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM IRAN AND THE ARAB WORLD These 12 photographers make statements as well as tell stories. Through Jan. 12. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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SHADOWPLAY: TRANSGRESSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE HOOD MUSEUM OF ART A thought-provoking show of intentionally provocative images. Through Dec. 8. Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, N.H. 603-646-2808, hoodmuseum.darmouth.edu

MARK FEENEY

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