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Materiality and Art

Zhu Jinshi, Wave of Materials (detail), 2007/2020

May 22, 2020
2:00 PM

Remote Student Symposium

The Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry is proud to present a remote student symposium on the theme of Materiality and Art, featuring presentations from undergraduate, masters, and PhD students.

The symposium is inspired by the Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659 exhibition, The Allure of Matter, which coins the term “Material Art” to explore the use of unconventional or peculiar materials to create art that emphasizes the significance of a work’s material rather than an image or style. Examining materials like olives, burlap, and even memory, our student presenters demonstrate the new perspectives and meanings that can be revealed through an investigation of materiality.


  • Katherine Beavis
  • Rafaela Brosnan (moderator)
  • Jad Dashan
  • Maggie Hire
  • Yangkun Lu
  • Laura Needham
  • Alexandra Nickolaou
  • Talia Ratnavale
  • Lucien Sun
  • Yuchen Wang


Please register in advance to receive access to short pre-recorded videos from the presenters as well as a private Zoom link for the live panel discussion on Friday, May 22, 2–3 pm. The program will be recorded and shared with those who can only join asynchronously.

Image: Zhu Jinshi, Wave of Materials (detail), 2007/2020, xuan paper, cotton thread, bamboo, and stones. Gift of Zhu Jinshi and Pearl Lam Gallery in honor of Wu Hung, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. Installation view, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2019–20. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.