Theater & art

Critic’s picks: Visual art

Randy Batista Photography

JOHN SINGER SARGENT WATERCOLORS More than 90 of Sargent’s watercolors in a show that combines the superb Sargent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Through Jan. 20. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

AFRICA INTERWEAVE: TEXTILE DIASPORAS Forty textiles, garments, and other woven items from across the continent of Africa. (Pictured: Ekpenyong Bassey Nsa’s Ebonko Masquerade Ensemble.) Through Jan. 12. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144,

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,


2013 PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL: PIECE WORK Thirty artists, most resident in Maine, show work that emphasizes process and time-intensive labor. Through Jan. 5. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

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