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About this site

This site was produced by the Smart Museum of Art on the occasion of the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China.

Site credits

This site was overseen by an interdepartmental team at the Smart Museum of Art: Orianna Cacchione, Michael Christiano, Gail Ana Gomez, Simone Levine, Nancy P. Lin, and C.J. Lind.

Site designed by Tobey Albright and Mollie Edgar, Hour Studio
Artist interviews conducted by Nancy P. Lin
Interview translations by Greg Young
Videos produced by Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli and Benny Shaffer
Copy editing by Shauna Skalitzky
Exhibition identity by Jena Sher Graphic Design

About the exhibition

The Allure of Matter is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art with Wrightwood 659 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

The exhibition is curated by Wu Hung, Smart Museum Adjunct Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, with Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art.

The Smart Museum’s presentation of The Allure of Matter is made possible by support from Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Support for the exhibition and its catalogue has been provided by principal sponsors the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and by Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark. Additional support has been provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and the Smart Museum’s SmartPartners.

Alphawood Foundation Chicago

National tour

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
June 2, 2019–January 5, 2020

Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659
February 7–May 3, 2020

Seattle Art Museum
June 25–September 13, 2020

Peabody Essex Museum
November 14, 2020–February 21, 2021

The national tour of this exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts