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Xu Bing, 1st Class, 2011. Detail. Photo courtesy of © Museum Associates/LACMA.
Xu Bing, 1st Class, 2011. Detail. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.

Saturday, April 18, 2 pm

Material Stories: Tobacco

Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
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Through deep engagement with the material qualities of tobacco, acclaimed Chinese artist Xu Bing’s Tobacco Project offers a conceptual investigation of tobacco’s social meanings, economic history, and status as a catalyst of exchange between China and the United States.

Join Dr. Peter Benson, Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and author of Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry, and Dr. Stanley Abe, Associate Professor of Chinese Art History at Duke University and author of Tobacco Art: Xu Bing’s Tobacco Project, for a cross-disciplinary discussion of tobacco’s intertwined social, economic, and material histories.

Light refreshments will be served following the program.

FREE, open to all.