AN AMERICAN IN LONDON: WHISTLER AND THE THAMES Printings, paintings, and drawings from a key period in Whistler’s career, as he focused on subjects in Battersea and on the Thames, in London. (Pictured: Battersea Reach From Lindsey Houses.”) Through April 13. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015, www .andover.edu/Museums/Addison
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THE REFUSAL OF TIME A 30-minute, five-channel video installation by the South African artist, providing a meditation on the pressure of time and the attempt — both political and existential — to escape it. A collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison. Complemented by a selection of Kentridge’s works on paper. Through May 4. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
JOHN BISBEE: NEW BLOOMS Large scale, floral-inspired sculptures made from twisted and welded nails by Bisbee, a sculptor-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Maine. Through May 26. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346, www.shelburnemuseum.org
MIKA ROTTENBERG: BOWLS BALLS SOULS HOLES Dazzling, wildly fanciful, and tautly constructed video installations that combine chutes, shafts, bingo balls, big bodies, and much more by the US-based artist born in Buenos Aires and raised in Israel. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/roseSebastian Smee can be reached at email@example.com.