Six Must-See Winter Art Exhibitions in and around Boston

Check out new exhibitions open this season at the MFA, Boston University, Harvard Art Museums, Krakow Witkin Gallery, and more.

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“A Litany for Survival”

An interest in social issues has long permeated the work of Alexandria Smith, who shares her politically charged drawings and paintings this winter at Boston University’s Stone Gallery. Relying on a moody palette of black, blue, purple, and gray, Smith crafts mirrored images of female forms to explore issues of identity and subjectivity.

Runs through 1/27/19, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-3329,

“Ansel Adams in Our Time”

From the jagged cliffs of Yosemite to the peaceful waters of Glacier National Park, the landscapes captured by Ansel Adams remain among the most renowned and beloved photographs in the world. As bare branches and gray winter skies take shape through your Boston window, find a welcome change of scenery at the MFA, where Adams’s iconic work—showcased alongside that of his influencers and protégés—is on display through February.

12/13–2/24/19, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300,

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“Takefumi Hori”

Arden Gallery welcomes Brooklyn-based painter Takefumi Hori, who brings his gilded canvases to the Back Bay this February. Inspired by both Eastern and Western artistic traditions, Hori calls on his background in Japanese calligraphy to create acrylic works accented with oh-so-shiny 22-karat-gold leaf.

2/4/19–2/28/19, 129 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-0610,

“The Bauhaus and Harvard”

Under pressure from the Nazi regime, Germany’s Bauhaus closed its doors in 1933, locking away the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. Now, a new Harvard Art Museums exhibition—timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the German institution’s founding—offers visitors a chance to experience a Bauhaus classroom (complete with student exercises) with a showcase of nearly 200 works by 74 artists.

2/8/19–7/28/19, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, 617-495-9400,

“Facing Grain”

United by their interests in textureand perspective, three artists share the limelight in a new show at the Krakow Witkin Gallery. Swing by the Newbury Street space to see tactile photo-etchings by Analia Saban, 1970s-era lithographs by Sylvia Plimack Mangold, and basswood assemblages by Rhode Island sculptor Frank Poor, who uses photographs of buildings as the foundation for his creations.

2/16/19–3/23/19, 10 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-4490,

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A World War II–era map covering the floor and walls. A series of wooden planes and ships crossing the ocean blue. You’ll find all of the above in TransAtlantic, a large-scale installation on view at Boston Sculptors Gallery. Dreamed up by Jessica Straus, a Somerville-based artist with French and American roots, the piece offers new perspective on the importance of alliances.

12/12–1/27/19, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-482-7781,