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Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Civilization Pillar, 2001/2019. Installation view at the Smart Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artists.
Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Civilization Pillar, 2001/2019. Installation view at the Smart Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artists.

Saturday, April 11, 2 pm

Material Stories: Fat

Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
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Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Civilization Pillar—a 12-foot tall pillar composed in part of human fat—raises complex questions about bioethics, materiality, consumption, and the idea of ‘civilization.’

Join Dr. Brian Callender, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Ros Holmes, Presidential Fellow in Chinese Art at the University of Manchester, for an intimate gallery conversation reflecting on the visceral experience of Civilization Pillar and its meaning as a monument to contemporary culture.

Light refreshments will be served after the program.

FREE, open to all.