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Although it is not possible to visit the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659’s presentation of The Allure of Matter in person, this site remains a home for digital content that builds upon the exhibition. Throughout summer 2020, it will continue to host an array of virtual experiences and at-home activities. We will engage with our community of scholars, students, and artists to present digital extensions of cancelled programs, remote chats and material stories, creative challenges, virtual experiences, and more.

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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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