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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.

Be sure to check back often for updates!

 

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Object chat: Day-Dreamer

In this object chat, Ray Klemchuk takes us on a virtual visit to see Lin Tianmiao’s Day-Dreamer at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Material Art: Characteristics and Aesthetics

In China, the publication The Thinker (Xinrui) recently published a translation of co-curator Wu Hung’s introductory essay to The Allure of Matter.

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Object chat: Zhan Wang’s stainless steel works

In this object chat, artist Zhan Wang takes us on a virtual visit to see his work Ornamental Rock at Wrightwood 659.

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The Allure of Coloring: Lin Tianmiao

This week’s coloring page features Lin Tianmiao’s Day-Dreamer.

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Merely a Mistake: A Score for your Door

Make a 1–4 minute video in portrait orientation that includes the whole door frame for inclusion in a community art project inspired by Liu Wei’s Merely a Mistake II No. 7.

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Plastically Present

Join Jonathan Gardner, UChicago AB ’20, for a cello-guided tour of Gu Dexin’s Untitled (1989).

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The Allure of Coloring: Sun Yun and Peng Yu

This week’s coloring page features Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Civilization Pillar.

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Object chat: Exile

In this object chat, Peng Yu talks about the work Exile at Wrightwood 659. The video documents a performance in which Peng poured fat into a Beijing river.

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Black Flame

Please join us for “Black Flame,” a participatory experience that combines live music with optional at-home art-making to honor community and memorialize loss with the Class of 2020.

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Object Chat: Traceless Stele

In this object chat, Conghao Tian takes us on a virtual visit to see Song Dong’s Traceless Stele at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Object Chat: Ant Bone IV and Ant Bone V

In this object chat, Hannah Radeke takes us on a virtual visit to see Hu Xiaoyuan’s Ant Bone IV and Ant Bone V at Wrightwood 659.

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The Allure of Coloring: Ma Qiusha

This week’s coloring page features Ma Qiusha’s Wonderland: Black Square, made of black stockings stretched over concrete shards.

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Object chat: Fingerprints

In this object chat, Alexandra Nickolaou takes us on a virtual visit to see Zhang Yu’s Fingerprints at Wrightwood 659.

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The Allure of Coloring: Ai Weiwei

This week’s coloring page features Ai Weiwei’s Tables at Right Angles, which uses mortise-and-tenon joints to seamlessly reconfigure two tables collected from a Beijing antique market into a nonfunctional object.

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Materiality and Art

A remote symposium on themes of materiality in art, featuring presentations from undergraduate, masters, and PhD students and a panel discussion.

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Score for an unfinished dance

A unrealized, proposed tour of Wrightwood 659 and The Allure of Matter with dancers and guides, designed by Irene Hsiao as an intimate experience of the works and the spaces that invites participation and active sensing.

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From Soil, Sand, and Salt Crystals

Coated with chemicals and exposed to sunlight, dragged through the mud, buried in radioactive soil—the films gathered in From Soil, Sand, and Salt Crystals: Films and Natural Processes emerge from material interactions between film and natural processes.

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Material Stories: Hair

Join Lori Tharps and HAIR CLUB for a conversation about hair as a material carrier of identity and social meaning. Happening via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20, noon.

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Cardboard Caves

Learn how to build a cool cave and construct bulbous boulders out of cardboard boxes in this hands-on project inspired by Zhan Wang’s Gold Mountain!

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The Allure of Coloring: Huang Yong Ping

This week’s downloadable coloring page features one of Huang Yong Ping’s “book washing” projects, Devons-nous encore construire une grande cathédrale? (Should We Construct Another Cathedral?).

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Material Stories: Fat

Ros Holmes, Presidential Fellow in Chinese Art at the University of Manchester, gives a talk on Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Civilization Pillar and its meaning as a monument to contemporary culture.

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Object chat: Chains: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

In this object chat, Simone Levine takes us on a virtual visit to see Liang Shaoji’s Chains: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Nature Series, No. 79

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The Allure of Coloring: gu wenda

This week’s downloadable coloring page features gu wenda’s united nations: american code (1995–2019), a house-like structure composed of braided and felted human hair.

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Material is the Message

Exhibition co-curator Wu Hung introduced The Allure of Matter and defined some of the major characteristics of material art during this keynote lecture at the US-China Forum 2020.

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The Allure of Coloring: Chen Zhen

This week’s coloring page features Chen Zhen’s Crystal Landscape of Inner Body (2000), a work that evokes the centuries old Daoist concept of “internal alchemy” by rendering internal organs in crystal.

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Pop Bottle Boats

Turn recycled plastic soda bottles into floating toy boats in this hands-on artmaking project inspired by He Xiangyu’s Cola Project.

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The Allure of Coloring: Gu Dexin

Introducing…the Allure of Coloring! Interact with The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China from the comfort of your living room through a special series of coloring sheets drawn by Erik L. Peterson.

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