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The Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659’s presentation of The Allure of Matter may have closed earlier than planned, but this site remains a home for digital content that builds upon the exhibition. In the coming weeks, it will host an array of virtual experiences and at-home activities. We will engage with our community of scholars, students, and artists to present new digital extensions of cancelled programs, remote chats and material stories, creative challenges, virtual experiences, and more.

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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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