Hung Liu: Art, Practice, and Legacy

Hung Liu is the first artist of Asian descent to have a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery: Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, is on exhibit through May 2022. This stunning posthumous exhibit celebrates the artist’s 50 years of work with more than 50 iconic portraits, from those inspired by her experiences in China to her more recent body of work inspired by Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl-era photographs. Liu, a graduate of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, was one of the first Chinese artists to establish a successful career in the west. In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the US-China Education Trust (USCET) presents an exciting event on Hung Liu’s life, art, and legacy, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Moderated by Painting and Sculpture Curator Dorothy Moss, who worked with the artist on the exhibit for three years, the panel discussion will feature artists Mel Chin and Lenore Chinn, who knew Hung Liu well, and Art History Professor Ying-Peng Cheng. They will discuss Liu’s working process, her conceptual approach to portraiture, and her work in the context of contemporary art in the United States and China. Hung Liu passed away in August 2021, weeks before the exhibit opened.

Introduction to the Exhibition Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands at the National Portrait Gallery Through May 2022

With this exhibition, the National Portrait Gallery’s first retrospective devoted to an Asian American woman, we celebrate Hung Liu, whose paintings have established new frameworks for understanding portraiture in relation to time, memory, and history. Liu’s empathic world view guided her practice for over five decades. She pictured forgotten histories as a way to reclaim lost lives and reckon with the past. Hosted by Kim Sajet and Dorothy Moss.

Dis/placements Conversation | Hung Liu and Katie Hirsch, December 2020

In conjunction with the virtual project Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home, artist Hung Liu spoke about her work with Katie Hirsch. This conversation was held live on Facebook on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:00pm EST.

SFMOMA: Hung Liu on guns, art, history, forced labor, and taboos, February 2019

Hung Liu in her own words on working, being educated, and living in China through the 1980s. She talks candidly about her labor in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, her education in “Socialist Surrealism,” her move to the United States in 1984, and her current artistic practice.

Artist Talk: Virtual Studio Visit with Hung Liu, August 2020

Go behind-the-scenes of The de Young Open through our three-part virtual event series, the first of which features Hung Liu, one of the renowned artists who served as jurors for our upcoming invitational exhibition for Bay Area artists. Liu will be in discussion with exhibition curator Timothy Anglin Burgard regarding the selection process for The de Young Open as well as the narratives of memory, history, and displacement that are prevalent in Liu’s work.

In Conversation: Artists Consider Dorothea Lange, June 2020

In Conversation: Artists Consider Dorothea Lange organized by OMCA’s Patricia Cariño Valdez was hosted live on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Please enjoy this online program bringing together Bay Area artist Hung Liu, photographer and videographer, Paul Kitagaki Jr, and OMCA’s Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Drew Johnson.

Hung Liu Virtual Studio Visit–Long Video, April 2020

Hung Liu virtual studio visit on 23 April 2020. See Hung Liu’s creative process with her own commentary. Additional comments by Dorothy Moss, National Portrait Gallery, Curator of Painting and Sculpture. Recorded live. This is the long video.

 

Hung Liu Virtual Studio Visit–A Short Segment, April 2020

Hung Liu virtual studio visit on 23 April 2020. This is a segment of the longer video. See Hung Liu’s creative process with her own commentary. Recorded live.

 

Migratory Seeds, July 2015

Hung Liu Video by Renowned artist Hung Liu’s show, “Migratory Seeds” is currently on display at Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe, until August 10, 2015. In this video, Hung explains the significance of the dandelion, the symbol featured in her newest body of works (oils on canvas).

 

Artist’s Talk: Hung Liu, March 2015

“Four Cantos” by Hung Liu, July 2013

KQED Spark – Hung Liu, September 2009

See the process behind Hung Liu’s series of figurative works that uses images from vintage photographs. Original air date: February 2005.

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