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Geography of Memory: Selected Works by Hung Liu

 

Geography of Memory: Selected Works by Hung Liu, will open Saturday, September 13, 2003 at the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street. There will be a Member Reception Friday, September 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Hung Liu, a Chinese-born American artist, addresses in her work the "cultural collisions" she has faced since coming of age during the decade of the Cultural Revolution in China and since emigrating to the United States in 1984. This exhibition of Liu's paintings and prints will be the first in a series of four exhibitions at the Museum highlighting the ethnic and cultural richness of the Central Coast through the works of contemporary artists.

The series will be presented by the Museum in collaboration with the Visual and Public Art Institute of California State University, Monterey Bay. This new partnership between the Museum and the University was organized under the Reciprocal University for the Arts Project. The exhibition series will link the campus, museum, and contemporary artists to increase and broaden local contemporary arts access and audience. The partnership between CSUMB and the Monterey Museum of Art envisions links to the University supporting Institute of Visual and Public Art efforts to bring contemporary artists and critical issues, public lectures, exhibits, and residencies to campus. (right: Hung Liu, "Tilling the Soil: Bitter Harvest," 1997)

In addition to Hung Liu, "The Californias: Geographies of Memory" exhibition partnership will include the work of Jon Valadez, Joe Sam, and Roger Shimamura in four separate shows over two years. Each of these contemporary artists' work reflects the compelling cultural histories of populations that have played an essential role in the development of a California cultural landscape.

Now Chair of painting in the Art Department at Mills College, Oakland where she has taught since 1990, Hung Liu received her BFA from China's Beijing Teachers College in 1975, an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and the equivalent of a master's degree in fine arts in 1981 from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, also in Beijing. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Liu has received two painting fellowships from the NEA.

 

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