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From July 24 to August 9, the Smart Museum of Art will present a reconfigured presentation of The Allure of Matter, including a handful of works originally shown at Wrightwood 659. During this limited engagement, we will welcome a small number of reservations for parties of 1–6 people to visit the exhibition at a time. Learn more and make a reservation »

Throughout summer 2020, this site will continue to offer digital content that builds upon the entire exhibition—new virtual tours of Wrightwood 659 and the Smart Museum, object chats, at-home activities, online programs, and behind-the-scenes videos and photos.

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From gunpowder to human hair, and silk to cigarettes, contemporary artists working in China have experimented with various materials, transforming seemingly everyday objects into large-scale artworks. The Allure of Matter showcases these material transformations and explorations for the first time.

Art and Materiality Symposium

February 7–8, 2020

Through panels and presentations, an international array of eighteen scholars and artists build on the foundation of The Allure of Matter, connecting the concept of materiality to Chinese art historically, and to contemporary art globally.

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