MONET | KELLY A small but intriguing show, with great loans, examining the surprising influence of Claude Monet on Ellsworth Kelly, and their shared love of Belle-Ile, an island off the coast of Brittany. Through Feb. 15. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303. www.clarkart.edu
GOYA: ORDER AND DISORDER Organized by theme, this exhibition explores the full range of the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s prodigious output in paintings, prints, and drawings. Centered on the MFA’s deep collection of Goya works on paper, the exhibition also includes major loans from the Prado, the Uffizi, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum. Through Jan. 19. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
CALDER AND ABSTRACTION: FROM AVANT-GARDE TO ICONIC This show features more than 40 three-dimensional works by the giant of 20th-century modernism. It includes examples of the kinetic metal works Calder called “mobiles,” and the standing sculptures he called “stabiles.” Through Jan. 4. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org
WALDEN, REVISITED Contemporary artists, including Spencer Finch, Deb Todd Wheeler, and Oscar Palacio, respond to Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden, or Life in the Woods.” (Pictured: Hilary Wilder’s “Greatest American Hero [Thoreau’s Desk Eight Times]”). Through April 26. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.orgSebastian Smee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.