CONVERGING LINES: EVA HESSE
& SOL LEWITT An intimate look at the fond and fascinating artistic exchanges between these two hugely influential artists. Through Jan. 10. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015,
LISA YUSKAVAGE: THE BROOD A survey of 25 years of painting by the New York City-based artist, known for her sardonic depictions of egregiously sexualized female bodies in ironically Old Masterly idioms. Through Dec. 13. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis
LA/MA: ’60S POP FROM BOTH COASTS A look at Pop Art from both sides of America, from a time when the art world and museum collecting were still largely regional. Masterpieces from the Rose’s collection hang beside borrowed works. Artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol Escobar, and Andy Warhol (East Coast) and Billy Al Bengston, Judy Chicago, and Llyn Foulkes (West Coast). Through
Dec. 13. Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose
THE KRIEG CYCLE: KATHE KOLLWITZ AND WORLD WAR I The seven woodcuts that make up Kollwitz’s acclaimed World War I series, which was published nine years after her son was killed on the battlefield in 1914, are displayed alongside preparatory drawings, trial proofs, and supporting lithographs and sculpture. Sept. 16 through Dec. 13. Davis Museum of Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley. 781-283-2051, www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum
GRAND REOPENING The oldest continuously open museum in America is celebrating the completion of a $33 million renovation with the opening of its European and Decorative Arts galleries in the refurbished Beaux Arts Morgan Memorial Building.
Sept. 19, ongoing. Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.the
STRANDBEEST: THE DREAM
MACHINES OF THEO JANSEN The Dutch artist’s famed kinetic sculptures appear alongside sketches, photographs, and demonstrations of the creatures’ movements. Sept. 19 through
Jan. 3. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org
MARTIN BOYCE: WHEN NOW IS NIGHT The first US survey of the work of Boyce, who won Britain’s Turner Prize in 2011 and represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Boyce’s art reveals a fascination with the aesthetic and social legacy of modernist design and its relationship to natural forms. Oct. 2 through Jan. 31. RISD Museum, Providence.
DRAWING REDEFINED: RONI HORN, ESTHER KLÄS, JOËLLE TUERLINCKX, RICHARD TUTTLE, AND JORINDE
VOIGT Ideas of drawing are extended into sculpture, photography, and other media by this quintet of contemporary artists.
Oct. 3 through March 20. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org
YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE: THE 2015 PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL An overview of Maine’s energetic contemporary art scene, selected by curator Alison Ferris. Oct. 8 through Jan. 3.
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portland
LEAP BEFORE YOU LOOK: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE 1933-1957 A show about the many forms of creativity inspired by this small, experimental, and hugely influential liberal arts college in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Includes work by Robert Rauschenberg, Ruth Asawa, Anni and Josef Albers, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Robert Motherwell, Jacob Lawrence, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, and others. A rich program of performance events rounds out the show. Oct. 10 through Jan. 24. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
CLASS DISTINCTIONS: DUTCH
PAINTING IN THE AGE OF
REMBRANDT AND VERMEER A sustained, scholarly, and visually resplendent examination of the way Dutch Golden Age painting reflects the full spectrum of Dutch society, from the poorest and lowest born to the richest and most regal. Includes work by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Ter Borch, and many others, lent by major museums around the world. Oct. 11 through Jan. 18. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
PIERRE BONNARD, DINING ROOM IN THE COUNTRY A single-painting exhibition. On loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the work was painted by the great French colorist in 1913. Oct. 8 through May 2016. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcester
EARTH MATTERS: LAND AS MATERIAL AND METAPHOR IN THE ARTS IN
AFRICA A selection of works, made by African artists between 1800 and the present, that grapple with the slave trade, colonization, and mining, as filtered through the lens of the land. Oct. 15 through March 6. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum
ORNAMENT AND ILLUSION: CARLO CRIVELLI AND VENICE The first show dedicated to the great Renaissance painter in the United States. The show is in two parts: The first reunites four of the six sections of Crivelli’s Porto San Giorgio altarpiece. The second gathers together 20 other Crivelli paintings from US and European collections. Oct. 22 through Jan. 25. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401, www.gardnermuseum.org
ROSA BARBA: THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE Sculptures, installations, text pieces, and publications feature in this first US survey of the acclaimed Italian artist based in Berlin. Includes a new film, “The Color Out of Space,” featuring images of stars and planets from an observatory in Troy, N.Y. Oct. 23 through Jan. 3. List
Visual Arts Center, MIT. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.edu
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