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Critic’s picks: Visual arts

2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL New England’s contemporary artists are featured in this closely watched survey featuring work in all media. Through April 13. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

EIJA-LIISA AHTILA: OLENTOJA (CREATURES) Psychologically probing and lushly produced video installations by the renowned Finnish artist. Through Jan. 5. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum

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MAKING IT IN AMERICA More than 100 objects selected from the museum’s collection — paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts — demonstrate aspects of the forging of national identity in the United States. Through Feb. 9. RISD Museum,
Providence. 401-454-6400, www.risdmuseum.org

AFRICA INTERWEAVE: TEXTILE DIASPORAS Forty textiles, garments, and other woven items from across the continent of Africa. Through
Jan. 12. Currier Museum of Art,
Manchester, NH. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org

Sebastian Smee can be reached at ssmee@globe.com.
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