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Critic’s picks: Visual arts

Melvin Edwards

CONVERSATION: MODERN AFRICAN AMERICAN ART  A lively survey of photographs, paintings, and sculptures by African-Americans from the Harlem Renaissance to the Civil Rights era and beyond. Pictured: Melvin Edwards’s “Tambo.” Through Sept. 2. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

TONY FEHER  A survey of brightly colored but minimal sculptures made from humble and everyday materials: glass jars, marbles, colored liquids in plastic bottles, plastic crates, and so on. Through
Sept. 15. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

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. Through
June 30. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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