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.

The program will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation provided in Mandarin via Zoom.
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December 7, 2021
8:30pm      Hong Kong | Beijing | Singapore
6:00pm      Delhi
1:30pm       Paris
12:30pm     London
6:30am      Chicago

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
 

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