May You Experience Interesting Art

Is the apocryphal saying "May you live in interesting times" really intended as a curse? We haven't experienced any times that weren't "interesting" – and that's a blessing and a curse. While humanity chases peace, prosperity, and brotherhood, the nasty opposite conditions always pop up somewhere, like cosmic Whack-a-Moles.

Say what you will about stress and turmoil, but they generate some staggeringly gorge artwork, like the pieces in the "Eastern Promise: Contemporary Art From China." The show's 18 artists address old and new influences on China's politics, economy, and culture. Traditional techniques applied to progressive subjects and themes create a genuine, captivating tension, reflecting an empire on the brink.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through Jan. 3, 2008