Theater & art

Critic’s picks for family-oriented visual arts exhibits

The exhibit “Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll” will be at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, beginning in May.
Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis
The exhibit “Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll” will be at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, beginning in May.


ARRANGEMENTS OF MOTIONS Six interactive sculptures, each with a different kinesthetic and perceptual effect, by sculptor Bernie Zubrowski. Through June 23. Boston Children’s Museum. 617-426-6500, www.

HIDDEN HEROES: THE GENIUS OF EVERYDAY THINGS An inventive exhibition that highlights 36 everyday objects, tracing their history and use. Through Sept. 1. MIT Museum. 617-253-5927,


ACROSS THE GRAIN: TURNED AND CARVED WOOD Carved, turned, reassembled, and repurposed pieces of art made from wood, some drawn from the permanent collection, the majority drawn from 15 lenders in eight states. Through Sept. 22. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000, www.fuller

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FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE: VISUAL CULTURE AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS Posters, photographs, books, magazines, newspapers — 250 objects in all — demonstrating the ways in which visual culture helped shape the fight for civil rights in America from the 1940s to the 1970s. April 13-July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4000,

MICHELANGELO — SACRED AND PROFANE: MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE CASA BUONARROTI Twenty-six Michelangelo drawings from his own collection, on loan from the museum in Florence that was once his home. Museum of Fine Arts. April 21-June 30. 617-267-9300,

An exhibition based around artist William Bradford’s three-month 1869 voyage along the coast of Greenland on board the “Panther,” a sealing ship. April 26-Spring 2014. New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford. 508-997-0046, www.whalingmuseum

R.O. BLECHMAN: THE INQUIRING LINE Illustrations, advertisements, and more by the artist whose work has been published in The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, and many books. May 11-June 30. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100,


SPRING FEST The annual opening day after winter at the Shelburne Museum is always an occasion. Celebrate spring, and the blooming of over 400 lilacs, with various family activities on the campus of the museum. May 12. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346,

MATRYOSHKA: THE RUSSIAN NESTING DOLL Eighty-three sets of beautifully painted wooden nesting dolls from the Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis. May 18-July 20. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton. 978-598-5000, www.museumof

POSTER-MANIA! LEISURE, ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE IN 1890S AMERICA Bold, artful, and witty posters from a golden age of poster production. May 24–Sept. 2. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144,