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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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The Allure of Coloring: Lin Tianmiao

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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