DILATED BIOGRAPHY: CONTEMPORARY CUBAN NARRATIVES Jorge Antonio Fernández Torres, curator of the Cuban pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, invites 15 Cuban artists to explore the history and culture of their nation using personal stories as starting points. Through Oct. 19. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 The Fenway, 617-369-3718, www.smfa.edu/cuba
DANA WOULFE: CONFLICT AND RESOLVE Woulfe’s dynamic large-scale abstract paintings rush and surge with light and darkness. He deploys spray paint, watercolor, oil paint, and collage to create dynamic compositions filled with motion and atmosphere, underpinned by sharp geometry. Through Oct. 4. Lot F Gallery, 145 Pearl St.,617-620-8452, www.lotfgallery.com
LIGHT YEARS: JACK WHITTEN 1971-1973 Large-scale abstract paintings, never previously exhibited, as well as smaller canvases and drawings from a turning point in the career of the celebrated experimental painter. Through Dec. 15. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose.
SACRED PAGES: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE QUR’AN Pages selected from 25 Qur’ans, ranging from the 7th century to contemporary, in the collection of the MFA, complemented by commentaries from Boston’s Islamic community. Through Feb. 23. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org.
FLASHBACK — NOVEMBER 22, 1963 Paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures responding to the assassination of President Kennedy, including work by Andy Warhol, Marisol, and Ant Farm. Through Jan. 12. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749- 4015, www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison
COLOR, PATTERN, WHIMSY, SCALE: THE BEST OF SHELBURNE MUSEUM One hundred objects from the eclectic permanent collection illustrate the principles guiding museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb’s inspired collecting. The show inaugurates Shelburne Museum’s new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, which, unlike the rest of the museum, will remain open year-round. Through Dec. 31. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346, www.shelburnemuseum.org
Cat in a spat
PEDIGREE This group show put together by Elizabeth Devlin spoofs art-world constructs about prestige by mounting art influenced by classic European styles alongside more strictly contemporary pieces in a prop-filled environment that mimics a Victorian-era salon. Pictured: Shelley Reed’s “Cat Fight (after Snyders).” Through Oct. 14. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville. 617-964-3424, www.newartcenter.org