The pursuit of utopia has long motivated artists and philosophers alike. For 16 years, Swiss-born artist Mai-Thu Perret's work has centered around The Crystal Frontier, a fictional feminist art commune of her own creation. The women in her imagining work in various media, living alongside one another in the New Mexico desert. For the upcoming Sightings exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center (2001 Flora St.), Perret will create an installation related to that ongoing project, tying it to the recent development of a secular Kudish community in the Syrian region of Rojava, which is uptoian in its democratic practices and female-driven leadership in an unlikely, war torn place. In this way, Perret will blend fiction and reality, in an exhibition that uses art to envision a more perfect world. The exhibition opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, and the artist will give a talk at 2 p.m. Admission to the Nasher is $10. More at nashersculpturecenter.org.