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
EIJA-LIISA AHTILA: OLENTOJA (CREATURES) Psychologically probing and lushly produced video installations by the renowned Finnish artist. Through Jan. 5. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum
MAKING IT IN AMERICA More than 100 objects selected from the museum’s collection — paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts — demonstrate aspects of the forging of national identity in the United States. Through Feb. 9. RISD Museum,
Providence. 401-454-6400, www.risdmuseum.org
AFRICA INTERWEAVE: TEXTILE DIASPORAS Forty textiles, garments, and other woven items from across the continent of Africa. Through
Jan. 12. Currier Museum of Art,
Manchester, NH. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org
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