One of the first Chinese artists to study in the US, Hung Liu’s works represent the ongoing tension between emigration and immigration.
Born in the People’s Republic of China, Liu immigrated to the United States in 1984. Her painting, prints and installations often make use of anonymous Chinese historical photographs and can be seen as critiques of the rigid academicism of the Chinese Socialist Realist style in which she was trained.
The Mills College Art Museum will present two of the artist’s large-scale installations: Tai Cang—Great Granary (2008) and Jui Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain) (1994). Even though Liu is known primarily as a painter, site-specific installations have played an important role in her work throughout her career. Many themes from her paintings resonate in her installations, including investigations into history, memory and cultural identity. The two installations will be accompanied by related paintings and prints. This exhibition will be the first time that Tai Cang—Great Granary has been presented in the United States.
Hung Liu is currently Professor of Painting at Mills College in Oakland, California.This exhibition is planned in conjunction with the Oakland Museum of California’s retrospective Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu.