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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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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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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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