EIJA-LIISA AHTILA: OLENTOJA (CREATURES) Psychologically probing and lushly produced video installations (above, “The Annunciation’’) by the renowned Finnish artist . Through Jan. 5. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/DavisMuseum/
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
SACRED PAGES: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE QUR’AN Pages selected from 25 Qur’ans, ranging from the seventh century to contemporary, in the collection of the MFA, complemented by commentaries from Boston’s Islamic community. Through Feb. 23. Museum of Fine Arts. 617 267 9300, www.mfa.org
STILL LIFE: 1970S PHOTOREALISM A survey of painters working in the style of photorealism from the gallery’s collection. Includes work by Robert Bechtle, Idelle Weber, Paul Staiger, Franz Gertsch, John DeAndrea, and Gerhard Richter. Through March 9. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. 203-432-0600, www.artgallery.yale.eduSebastian Smee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.