Feb 5 - Feb 26

Feb 5: Snow City Arts Exhibition

Snow City Arts, in partnership with The Weston Game Lab and the Hack Arts Lab, presents an exhibition of selected artwork produced through their programs.

Snow City Arts Teaching Artists utilize media and technology to both make artmaking accessible to students in the hospital room and to create space for inquiry and experimentation. Whether it’s visual arts, music, or filmmaking, each of our discipline areas incorporate new ways of using material and media. The Snow City Arts student work showcased in this exhibit exemplifies the mission of the MADD Center at The University of Chicago.

Opening Reception: February 5, 5- 7 PM

Open House: February 15, 1 - 3 PM

Exhibition and events will take place at:

MADD Center

John Crerar Library, first floor

5730 S. Ellis Ave

Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 8 AM - 12 AM; Friday - Saturday 8 AM - 10 PM

Starts: February 5, 2020
Ends: February 26, 2020
Time: All Day

Feb 6 - Feb 29

SSA Disability Justice Mixer

Join the SSA Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee for the first SSA Disability Justice Mixer. For more information contact SSA Dean of Students at dos@ssa.uchicago.edu

Starts: February 6, 2020
Ends: February 28, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Feb 7 - May 3

Feb 7: The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Since the 1980s, artists working in China have experimented with various materials, transforming seemingly everyday objects into large-scale artworks. These artists have exploded fireworks into paintings, felted hair into gleaming flags, stretched pantyhose into monochromatic artworks, deconstructed old doors and windows to make sculptures, and even skillfully molded porcelain into gleaming black flames.

Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. For the first time, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works in which conscious material choice has become a means of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history.

In Chicago, the exhibition is divided into two unique halves, taking up the entire footprints of the Smart Museum of Art on the South Side and Wrightwood 659 on the North Side. To fully experience the exhibition, guests are encouraged to visit both locations.


Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chen Zhen, Gu Dexin, gu wenda, He Xiangyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Huang Yong Ping, Jin Shan, Liang Shaoji, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Ma Qiusha, Shi Hui, Song Dong, Sui Jianguo, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Wang Jin, Xu Bing, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhan Wang, Zhang Huan, Zhang Yu, and Zhu Jinshi.


In Chicago, the exhibition is co-presented at the Smart Museum and Wrightwood 659.


The Allure of Matter is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art with Wrightwood 659 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

The exhibition is curated by Wu Hung, Smart Museum Adjunct Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, with Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art.

The Smart Museum’s presentation of The Allure of Matter is made possible by support from Alphawood Foundation Chicago.

Support for the exhibition and its catalogue has been provided by principal sponsors the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and by Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark. Additional support has been provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and the Museum’s SmartPartners.

The national tour of this exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Starts: February 7, 2020
Ends: May 3, 2020
Time: All Day

See: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/the-allure-of-matter-material-art-from-china/

Feb 19

Comfort Women Screening


5:45 pm - Reception with light refreshments

6:30 pm – Film Screening of Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue

8:30 pm – Q&A with director, Miki Dezuki

Miki Dezaki, a Youtuber who was threatened and harassed by Japan`s notorious netouyo (cyber neo-nationalists) for his video on racism in Japan, is not shying away from controversial topics with his debut feature length documentary on the comfort women issue. The film, titled Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue, dives deep into the most contentious dispute between Japan and Korea, and finds answers to hotly debated questions, such as: Were the comfort women “sexual slaves” or prostitutes? Were they coercively recruited? Were there really 200,000 comfort women? And, does Japan have a legal responsibility to apologize? Dezaki interweaves footage from demonstrations, man-on-the-street interviews, news and archival clips with in-depth interviews with prominent scholars and influencers from both sides of the debate. Shusenjo reveals surprising confessions and revelations that uncover hidden intentions of both supporters and detractors while deconstructing dominant narratives.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies with generous support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center Grant.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 AM

Feb 19

Twenty Minutes Still

Still the mind and body, open the heart. Meditation for twenty minutes in the quiet stillness of Bond Chapel, every weekday of the academic year. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:20 AM

Feb 19

General Orientation to Animal Use

An introduction to the use of research animals at the University of Chicago

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Feb 19

PPCC Meeting

Pay and Position Control Committee meets to review submissions.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Feb 19

Journal Club

Location: IB-007; Radiology Basement Conference Room

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Feb 19

MPHY 34400

Room 518

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Feb 19

Guided Meditation

Take a break during the day to refresh and relax the body and mind. Guided meditation will include progressive relaxation and loving-kindness practice.

Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM