At 22 pieces, “Breakthrough” can feel thin, and it’s sometimes difficult to get a sense of an artist’s project from merely one or two examples. Yet for its many ambivalences, this challenging show is well worth seeing. Progress comes riddled with anxieties, and this show is refreshingly honest about many of its manifestations.

“BREAKTHROUGH: WORK BY CONTEMPORARY CHINESE WOMEN ARTISTS,” mixed media | Through Dec 22 | Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St, Brunswick | 207.725.3275

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