Hung Liu, Little Big Horn, oil on canvas, 2015

December 8, 2017 – February 18, 2018

Main Gallery

Exhibit Admission: $5; free for Museum members
EXHIBIT FREE DAYS: Thursday December 21 and Tuesday January 23
Free admission during Night on the Town on Fridays,  January 12, and February 9 from 5 – 9 pm

The exhibition Hung Liu: Transformation is the first major Colorado exhibition of the artwork of Hung Liu—one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today. Featuring 15 large-scale paintings, as well as a rarely seen, room-size installation, the exhibition celebrates the persistent theme in Hung Liu’s artwork of movement and migration, at both literal and metaphoric levels. This body of work emphasizes a symbiotic, fluid relationship with the past and a deeply poignant understanding of the persistence of time. The exhibition explores the evolution of Liu’s artistic practice and investigates the complex interactions between individual memory and history. Included in the exhibition are two recent paintings from a 2016 series that were the result of Liu’s long affiliation with and affection for the photographs of Dorothea Lange and other WPA photographers.

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 a tenured professor in the Art Department at Mills College.


This exhibition made possible by a grant from Colorado Creative Industries.