TONY MATELLI: NEW GRAVITY A brilliant show of hyper-real sculptures of men on the threshold of consciousness (including the infamous “Sleepwalker”), plus broken windows and other metaphysical gewgaws. (Below: Matelli’s “Josh.”) Through May 11. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum
CHRIS BURDEN: THE MASTER BUILDER A near-complete overview of the inimitable California artist’s small-scale erector set bridges, to mark the unveiling of a major sculpture by Burden outside the museum’s entrance. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose
MACHINES AND MECHANIZATIONS: EXPLORATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY KINETIC SCULPTURE A survey of sculpture with moving (and often audible) parts, including work by Kim Bernard, Christ Fitch, Erica von Schilgen, and Mark Davis. Through June 1. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000, fullercraft.org
SONIA ALMEIDA: FORWARD/PLAY/PAUSE Paintings by the Lisbon-born, Boston-based artist touching on anomalies between scientific color theories and actual perception. Through April 6. List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.eduSebastian Smee can be reached at email@example.com.