US-China Forum 2020: The Matter of Art

Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 9:30 am – 7 pm

The University of Chicago’s US-China Forum 2020 explores how China and the United States intersect, interact, and overlap through the arts. The one-day program features in-depth conversations between renowned Chinese artists and distinguished UChicago faculty members, as well as artistic performances. Wu Hung (Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, and co-curator of The Allure of Matter) will deliver the keynote address at 5 pm.

From The Allure of Matter artist 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 offers a rare opportunity to hear from some of the most innovative Chinese artists working today and to experience the critical dialogue generated by their work. Space is limited. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit

The US-China Forum is sponsored by the China-United States Exchange Foundation. 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 co-organized by UChicago Global and UChicago Arts in collaboration with the Smart Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China.