• Material Poems

    Tue. February 25 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    A drop-in art-making workshop at the Smart Museum that connects material art and poetry.

  • Material Poems

    Thu. February 27 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    A drop-in creative writing and art-making workshop at the Poetry Foundation that connects material art and poetry.

  • Traceless Stele: A Response

    Sun. March 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Conghao Tian demonstrates the traditional art of Chinese calligraphy as a durational performance on Song Dong's Traceless Stele on view in The Allure of Matter.

  • Workshop: Tobacco Leaf Bookmaking

    Thu. March 5 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Master bookbinder and artist Jamie Lou Thome leads this bookmaking workshop inspired by artist Xu Bing's "Tobacco Project." 

  • Smart Talk: Borders & Human Rights

    Thu. March 5 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM

    In collaboration with the Pozen Center, Tom Ginsburg and Claudia Flores discuss the rights of refugees and migrants.

  • Reading: Silk Poems

    Sat. March 21 4:30 PM

    A live reading of the book Silk Poems by artist and poet Jen Bervin. Presented at Wrightwood 659 in collaboration with the Poetry Foundation.

  • Drawing with Fire and Ash

    Thu. March 26 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This hands-on workshop delves into the mysteries of one of Earth’s most elemental material: fire.

  • Workshop: Porcelain Papers

    Thu. April 16 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    A hands-on workshop that looks at the history and contemporary practices of making paper and porcelain, both in China and the United States.

  • Material Stories: Tobacco

    Sat. April 18 2:00 PM

    Join Peter Benson (Washington University in St. Louis) and Stanley Abe (Duke University) for a cross-disciplinary discussion of tobacco's intertwined social, economic, and material histories.

  • Workshop: Ornamental Rocks

    Thu. April 30 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This hands-on workshop explores multiple sculpture-making techniques using stone and metal.