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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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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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Plastically Present

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

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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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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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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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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: 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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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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