Theater & art

Fall Arts Preview

Art museum exhibits around Boston and beyond this fall

A hat with rolled brim is on view in “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A hat with rolled brim is on view in “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones” at the Peabody Essex Museum.

ORI GERSHT: HISTORY REPEATING  Twenty-five works, both photographs and films, touching on tensions between beauty, violence, and historical memory by the contemporary Israeli artist. Through Jan. 6. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300,

PAUL KLEE: PHILOSOPHICAL VISION; FROM NATURE TO ART  An exploration of the links between the great Swiss modernist’s thinking and broader currents in philosophy, with major loans from museums in Switzerland and the United States.  Through Dec. 9. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Boston. 617-552-8100,

JULIANNE SWARTZ: HOW DEEP IS YOUR  Inventive, poetic, and witty installations and sculptures that play with perception.  Through Dec. 30. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,


HATS: AN ANTHOLOGY BY STEPHEN JONES  More than 250 turbans, bonnets, and other imaginative hats designed by British “milliner to the stars” Stephen Jones, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Through Feb. 3. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876,

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CROSSING CULTURES: THE OWEN AND WAGNER COLLECTIONOF CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN ART AT THE HOOD MUSEUM OF ART  More than 100 works of Australian indigenous art from the Hood’s collection, including acrylic paintings, bark paintings, and sculptures.  Sept. 15-March 10. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 603-646-2808, www.hood

SOL LEWITT: THE WELL-TEMPERED GRID  Work from five decades focusing on the importance of the grid to LeWitt’s career, and emphasizing his passion for music — especially Bach. Sept. 15-Dec. 9. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 413-597-2429,

DOR GUEZ: 100 STEPS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN Photographs and video installations by a contemporary, Jerusalem-born artist exploring the overlooked history of Palestinian Christians in the Middle East. Sept. 20-Dec. 9. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE,1927-1942  A look at the influence of John Graham’s circle on American modernism. Sept. 21-Dec. 30. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015,


WEATHERBEATEN: WINSLOW HOMER AND MAINE  Timed to coincide with the opening of the renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, this show gathers together 35 major works painted by Homer in the final decade of his life.  Sept. 22-Dec. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum

CARO: CLOSE UP  The first US-organized survey of the work of the seminal British modernist sculptor Sir Anthony Caro since 1975.  Oct. 18-Dec. 30. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. 877-274-8278, www.british

IN THE HOLOCENE  A group exhibition featuring artists who have treated art as a kind of speculative science. Includes work by Berenice Abbott, John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Man Ray, Joseph Beuys, Uta Barth, and many more.  Oct. 19-Jan. 6. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. 617-253-4680,

CHRIS GUSTIN: MASTERWORKS IN CLAY  The first museum survey of the 35-year career of this ceramicist who favors biomorphic forms. Oct. 20-Feb. 24. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000, www.fuller

MARIO TESTINO: IN YOUR FACE  A career retrospective of the work of the acclaimed fashion photographer, known for his sexy snapshot style.  Oct. 21-Feb. 3. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300,


HEROES AND VILLAINS: THE COMIC BOOK ART OF ALEX ROSS  An overview of the work of this artist who rose to prominence in the mid-1990s and proceeded to revolutionize classic superhero comic book art. The show will also feature work by Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Andrew Loomis.  Nov. 10-Feb. 24. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge.

THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE & POLITICS IN THE 1980S  An ambitious historical overview of the main currents of art-making in the 1980s, from neo-expressionism and appropriation art to the rise of conceptual photography and abject art.  Nov. 16-March 3. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston


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