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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

CANCELLED—we are working to reschedule for another date or format, if possible.

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.