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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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Materiality and Art

A remote symposium on themes of materiality in art, featuring presentations from undergraduate, masters, and PhD students and a panel discussion. Happening via Zoom on Friday, May 22, 2 pm.

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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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