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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 of Art, object chats, at-home activities, online programs, and behind-the-scenes videos and photos.

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Transformation

Three performances inspired byYin Xiuzhen’s Transformation.

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Object chat: Mountain Range

In this object chat, Christina Tang takes us on a virtual visit to experience Cai Guo-Qiang’s Mountain Range at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Object chat: Gu Dexin’s plastic room

In this object chat, Sara Hindmarch takes us on a virtual visit to experience Gu Dexin’s Untitled at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Object chat: 1st Class

In this object chat, Nicole Bond takes us on a virtual visit to experience Xu Bing’s 1st Class at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Object chat: Should We Construct Another Cathedral?

In this object chat, Seth Nguyen takes us on a virtual visit to experience Huang Yong Ping’s Devons-nous encore construire une grande cathédrale? (Should We Construct Another Cathedral?) at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Merely a Mistake: A Score for your Door

Based on a score by Irene Hsiao, participants independently created home videos for this community art project inspired by Liu Wei’s Merely a Mistake II No. 7.

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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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