Orianna Cacchione


Orianna Cacchione’s curatorial practice is committed to expanding the canon of contemporary art to respond to the global circulations of art and ideas. At the Smart Museum, Cacchione has curated the exhibitions, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (with Wu Hung), which interrogated how materiality informs contemporary Chinese art; Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will buy of me?, the first solo exhibition of the Hong Kong-based sound artist in the United States; and Tang Chang: The Painting that Is Painted with Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, the first solo presentation of the pioneering abstract artist’s work outside of Thailand. She is currently developing an exhibition that considers Transpacific artistic exchanges. Prior to joining the Smart Museum, Cacchione was Curatorial Fellow for East Asian Contemporary Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was responsible for expanding the museum’s collection of contemporary art from East Asia. Her work led to transformative acquisitions of artworks from China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. She also curated the exhibition, Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat., the first major presentation of the Chinese video artist at an American museum.

Cacchione's scholarly research explores the transnational, cross-geographic flows of art and art history that characterize the global art world. She holds a PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego, a MA from Goldsmiths College and a BA from the University of Michigan. Her writing has been published in The Journal of Art Historiography, Yishu, and the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.


Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will you buy of me?

Smart Museum/University of Chicago
September 2019

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China (with Wu Hung)

Smart Museum of Art/University of Chicago Press
May 2019


Samson Young: Silver moon or golden star, which will you buy of me?,” Smart Museum, September 18-December 15, 2019.

The Allure of Matter: Material Art in China” (with Wu Hung), Smart Museum and Wrightwood 659, February 7-May 2, 2020 and July 24-August 9, 2020; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 2, 2019-January 5, 2020

"Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat." Art Institute of Chicago, May 30–July 9, 2017


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