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Book Launch: The Allure of Matter: Materiality Across Chinese Art
Join the Smart Museum of Art, the Center for the Art of East Asia, and The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, to celebrate the launch of "The Allure of Matter: Materiality across Chinese Art". Since the invention of porcelain and gunpowder, materials have animated and innovated new art forms throughout Chinese history. Artists have used both unconventional materials and conventional materials unconventionally to create new artistic styles, movements, and forms. Yet, the role materials have played in the history of Chinese art has often been overlooked. "The Allure of Matter: Materiality Across Chinese Art" systematically investigates the role and concept of materiality in Chinese art for the first time.

This launch celebration will bring together scholars of premodern and contemporary Chinese art together to discuss the importance of materiality in Chinese art and its capacity to better figure Chinese art within narratives of global art history. Expert in late imperial China, Yuhang Li and scholar of contemporary art, Alex Burchmore will be in conversation with the editors of the volume, Orianna Cacchione and Wei-Cheng Lin. The esteemed art historian, Wu Hung will provide opening remarks for the panel.

≡Speakers
Alex Burchmore
-Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies, Department of Art -History, School of Literature, Arts and Media
-Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
-University of Sydney

Yuhang Li
-Associate Professor of Chinese Art
-University of Wisconsin-Madison

≡Moderators
Orianna Cacchione
-Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art
-The University of Chicago

Wei-Cheng Lin
-Associate Professor of Art History and the College
-The University of Chicago

Wu Hung
-Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art-History and the College
-Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia
-Adjunct Curator at the Smart Museum of Art
-The University of Chicago

Dec 7, 2021 08:30 PM in Hong Kong SAR

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