SUMMONING GHOSTS: THE ART OF HUNG LIU
Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu is the first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu—one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today. Featuring more than 65 works, including 34 large-scale paintings as well as personal ephemera such as photographs, sketch books, and informal painting studies from private and public collections around the world, the exhibition celebrates Liu's career accomplishments and includes work completed in China before the artist arrived in the U.S.
Liu's artistic practice investigates the complex interactions between individual memory and history, and documentary evidence and artistic expression, among other themes. Her richly-rendered paintings are vivid and powerful, their subjects drawn from personal experience, cultural and political events, literature, and photography. Born in Changchun, China, in 1948, a year before the creation of the People's Republic of China, Liu lived through Maoist China and experienced the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Trained as a social realist painter and muralist, she came to the United States in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego, where she received her MFA. One of the first people from mainland China to study abroad and pursue an art career, she moved to northern California to become a faculty member at Mills College in 1990, and has continued to live and work in the Bay Area. She has exhibited internationally at premier museums and galleries, and her work resides in prestigious private and institutional collections around the world. Hung Liu currently lives in Oakland and is Professor Emerita at Mills College.
Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu was organized by the Oakland Museum of California.
The Palm Springs showing is funded in part by the Contemporary Art Council and its Presenting Sponsors Jane and Robert Saltonstall, the Cella Family Foundation, Donna MacMillan, and the Terra Foundation for American Art through Board Member Gloria Scoby.
Exhibition Season Sponsors: Dorothy and Harold J. Meyerman and Arlene Schnitzer
The fully illustrated catalogue for this exhibition is available for purchase at PSAM Museum Store: 760-322-4830
03/12/15, 5:30 p.m. FREE
HALF-LIFE OF A DREAM: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ART,
WITH JEFF KELLEY AND HUNG LIU
Jeff Kelley, independent curator, and celebrated artist Hung Liu discuss contemporary Chinese art and its historical contexts, from the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen Square protests to the present. This program complements the exhibition Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu. Program held in Annenberg Theater.