IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER Sixty paintings, works on paper, models, and small craft explore the affinity of French Impressionists such as Monet, Sisley, Caillebotte (“Boating on the Yerres,” left), and Renoir for boating and the water. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Through Feb. 17. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem 978-745-9500. www.pem.org
FIRED EARTH, WOVEN BAMBOO Sixty contemporary Japanese ceramics and baskets from the Stanley and Mary Ann Snider collection, recently given to the MFA. Through Sept. 8. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
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
SCULPTURE BY NICOLA HICKS Animal sculptures molded in straw and clay and sometimes cast in bronze by the respected British sculptor. Through March 9. Yale Center For British Art, New Haven. 877-274-8278, www.britishart.yale.eduSebastian Smee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.