SOPHIE CALLE: LAST SEEN Fourteen works incorporating photography and text by the provocative French artist. The works, made in 1991 and 2012, respond to the 1990 theft from the Gardner of Jan Vermeer’s “The Concert.” Through March 3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org
2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL New England’s contemporary artists are featured in this closely watched survey featuring work in all media. (Pictured: A print from Hamra Abbas’s series “Kaaba Pictures.”) Through April 13. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org
ANSELM KIEFER A major long-term installation of works by the German artist from the Hall Art Foundation in a new gallery repurposed by the foundation. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams.
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.orgSebastian Smee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.