Chicago Society is hosting this two-day symposium on the future of China’s politics, society, economics and foreign policy. Four panels will be held over the two-day conference, with 20 guest moderators and speakers. Keynote speakers are Christopher Hill, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Peter Rodman, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Merle Goldman, professor emerita of history at Boston University; and Wang Guangya, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations. University students, staff and faculty will be admitted free of charge. Advanced registration is $15 for alumni and $20 for the general public. Seating is limited. Simultaneous translation will be available.
The Smart Museum of Art
Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore each championed sculptural innovations in European modernism and challenged notions of representation that had informed Western art since the Renaissance. From the last quarter of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century, they reinvigorated the figurative academic tradition. While graphically demonstrating important changes in style from one artist to the other, “Revisions” will focus on the subjects and themes shared by all three.
Lettice Douffet, an expert on medieval cuisine and weaponry, is a tour guide of Fustian House, the most boring stately home in Britain—until she begins to embellish her tours, which become more interesting as they stray further from the facts. Charlotte Schoen, sent by the Preservation Trust to investigate, is not amused and fires her. But Charlotte’s passion for history draws her to Lettice’s romantic world-view and the two women forge an unlikely friendship in the face of their dreary modern lives. This British comedy won two Tony awards in 1990. Tickets range from $10 -$50 and are available by calling the box office at (773) 753-4472.
The Renaissance Society
The Renaissance Society will present a solo exhibition by Mai-Thu Perret through Sunday, June 11. Perret’s exhibition will continue her project “The Crystal Frontier.” A fictional account of women starting their own commune in the desert, The Crystal Frontier functions as a scenario through which Perret investigates 1960s and 1970s activist communities and their utopian credos and designs. Perret’s sources range from Busby Berkeley, to Russian Constructivism, to Alice in Wonderland. A reflection on utopias and dystopias, Perret’s work is enigmatic, poetic and strangely beautiful.