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Guests enjoy an opening reception at the Smart Museum.

Saturday, February 8, 3–7 pm

Opening Celebration

Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Wrightwood 659
659 W. Wrightwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Celebrate The Allure of Matter with an opening-weekend reception happening simultaneously at the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659.

The exhibition brings together forty-eight monumental works that showcase ordinary materials used in extraordinary ways. So massive in scale it requires the full footprint of two Chicago institutions, The Allure of Matter explores how conscious material choice has become a means of expression for a number of celebrated and lesser-known Chinese contemporary artists.

Enjoy food, drink, and conversations at both locations. At the Smart Museum, the afternoon opening features gallery talks led by UChicago graduate students. Wrightwood 659 hosts Poems While You Wait, who will be writing commissioned typewritten poetry on demand throughout the night. Gallery talks are presented by Wrightwood 659 Education Associates.

FREE. The reception at the Smart Museum is a drop-in event, no registration required. The reception at Wrightwood 659 has sold out—please select an alternate time to experience The Allure of Matter by visiting