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US-China Forum 2020

US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Program: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th Street 
Chicago, IL 60637


About the US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art

The US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art was convened by UChicago Arts and UChicago Global in collaboration with the Smart Museum of Art, and explored how China and the United States intersect, interact, and overlap through the arts. The program featured in-depth conversations between renowned artists and distinguished UChicago faculty members. From XU Bing’s experiments in language, to MIAO Ying’s playful and complex internet-generated art, to the composition of city soundscapes in WANG Lu’s Urban Inventory, the US-China Forum offered a rare opportunity to hear from some of the most innovative artists working today and to experience the critical dialogue generated by their work. The forum set the stage for the exhibition, The Allure of Matter, co-presented by the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659. Curated by WU Hung and Orianna Cacchione, the exhibition offers an extraordinary and comprehensive exploration of the state of contemporary art in China.

About the US-China Forum

This is the fifth year of the University of Chicago’s partnership with the China-United States Exchange Foundation to produce the US-China Forum. Each year, the forum brings together renowned experts from the University of Chicago and China for high-level engagements focused on issues of importance to both countries and, by extension, the world. It is intended to spur long-term research collaborations between Chinese and University of Chicago researchers. Previous years’ forums addressed economic relations, urban innovation, water and urban development, and energy policy.

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

The Allure of Matter features two- and three-dimensional works made from a range of unique and humble materials, like melted plastic, paper-thin porcelain, and 300,000 iron nails. These works, many monumental in scale, explore how conscious material choice has become a symbol of expression for a number of leading Chinese contemporary artists working over the last four decades. The artists in the exhibition range from those in the early stages of their career, including HE Xiangyu, HU Xiaoyuan, and MA Qiusha, to such internationally celebrated practitioners as AI Weiwei, CAI Guo-Qiang, LIN Tianmiao, XU Bing, and YIN Xiuzhen. The Allure of Matter is divided into two unique halves at the Smart Museum (26 works by 16 artists) and Wrightwood 659 (23 works by 14 artists). To fully experience the exhibition, guests are encouraged to visit both locations. Visit to learn more.

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