Theater & art

The Ticket: Art

Milton Avery’s “Thoughtful Swimmer,” part of the exhibit “Milton Avery’s Vermont” at Bennington Museum.
THE Milton Avery Trust/Artists Rights Society
Milton Avery’s “Thoughtful Swimmer,” part of the exhibit “Milton Avery’s Vermont” at Bennington Museum.

FIRST LIGHT: A DECADE OF COLLECTING AT THE ICA An intelligent, visually stimulating show that presents highlights from the ICA’s 10-year-old permanent collection. Includes recent gifts of work by Kara Walker, Marisol, and Eve Hesse, among others. Through Jan. 4. Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

MILTON AVERY’S VERMONT Painting, watercolors, and drawings made by the scintillating colorist while vacationing in Vermont in the 1930s and ’40s. Through Nov. 6. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-1571, www.benningtonmuseum.org

GRANDMA MOSES: AMERICAN MODERN More than 60 paintings and works on paper by the legendary self-taught artist, presented here in a context of developments in modernism, alongside work by other 19th- and 20th-century folk and modern artists. Through Oct. 30. Shelburne Museum, 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346, www.shelburnemuseum.org

THE THRILL OF THE CHASE: THE WAGSTAFF COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM A selection from what was once one of the world’s finest private photography collections, which later became a cornerstone of the Getty’s celebrated photographic holdings. Through Dec. 11. Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main St., Hartford. 860-278-2670, www.thewadsworth.org

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SEBASTIAN SMEE