IN THE LOGE: Mary Cassatt’s painting will be included in the MFA’s new Art of the Americas wing.
“TRIIIBE: THE GARDEN OF EDEN, TAKE 2” | Boston University’s 808 Gallery | October 19–December 19 | Identical triplets Alicia, Kelly, and Sara Casilio plus photographer Cary Wolinsky make up the Boston collective Triiibe. In performances and staged photographs, they tease the line between Photoshop illusions and their triplet reality. Their new site-specific, multi-media installation, BU says, will evoke “a present-day version of the Garden of Eden.” | 808 Comm Ave, Boston | Free | 617.358.0922 or bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts/galleries
“FRANCES STARK: THIS COULD BECOME A GIMICK [SIC] OR AN HONEST ARTICULATION OF THE WORKINGS OF THE MIND” | MIT’s List Visual Arts Center | October 22–January 2 | The first US museum survey of the LA artist features dreamy and seemingly diaristic drawings, sculptures, and collages, often inspired by writing — her own, as well as the words of Emily Dickinson, John Keats, and Henry Miller. There’s also videos of her cats. | 20 Ames Street, Cambridge | Free | 617.253.4680 or listart.mit.edu
“SHEILA HICKS: 50 YEARS” | Addison Gallery of American Art | November 5–February 11 | After a two-year renovation and expansion, the Addison Gallery reopened September 7 with a major survey of its collection, which rivals those at Harvard and Brandeis as the best round-up of 20th-century American art in the region. In November, the Addison presents the first museum retrospective of Paris fiber artist Sheila Hicks. Her vividly colored, braided, bound, and woven sculptures call out to be touched. | 180 Main Street, Andover | Free | 978.749.4015 or addisongallery.org
“THEN/NOW: RECENT WORK BY PRC FOUNDERS CARL CHIARENZA AND CHRIS ENOS” | Photographic Resource Center | November 12–January 9 | The PRC marks the 35th anniversary of its founding and the 25th anniversary of its gallery by exhibiting two of its founders. Chiarenza presents symbolic collages and abstract photos inspired by the Iraq war. Enos’s recent work includes shots of landscapes and native ruins of the Southwest that she reinvents by painting atop the prints. | 832 Comm Ave, Boston | $4 | 617.975.0606 or bu.edu/prc
“PLATFORM 5: BARTOW + METZGAR” | DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum | November 16–spring 2011 | Duo Paul Bartow and Richard Metzgar have spent months digging holes, boring into boulders, and collecting data about the landscape of the DeCordova that they’ve stored in a witchy house nestled in the property’s woods dubbed Morphology Field Station for Sensing Place. Their exhibit brings it all inside the museum for an “examination of the complex relationship between land, time, and culture inherent in an art museum and park.” | 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln | $12 | 781.259.8355 or decordova.org
“MARK BRADFORD” | Institute of Contemporary Art | November 19–March 13 | Bradford’s giant, map-like collage works were already among the best painting being done in the country. Then in 2008, he made two works that channeled the anxieties of the post-Katrina, late-Bush-Administration years. The first was “HELP US” scrawled in giant letters atop an LA gallery. Next, he built a 64-foot-long arc from recycled construction-site barricades for a biennial in New Orleans. No wonder the LA artist, whose first survey now arrives at the ICA, won a MacArthur “genius” grant last year. | 100 Northern Ave, Boston | $15 | 617.478.3100 or icaboston.org