On Wednesday January 23rd, The Mills College Art Museum in Oakland is getting ready to open their first exhibition for 2013.
The exhibition Hung Liu: Offerings, is a rare opportunity to experience works from one if not the most prominent Chinese-American painters, to both be working in the United States, and to be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work of Liu is an examination of themes of memory, history, and cultural identity through works navigating through the complex journey of imagination. In addition to the paintings and prints, this exhibition will also be accompanied by two significant large-scale installations, Jiu Jin Shan (Old Gold Mountain) and Tai Cang-Great Granary. These two installations serve as memorials to the past, while serving an acknowledgement to the rapidly changing cultural dynamics in contemporary China.
Born in China, Hung Liu came to the U.S. in 1984 after living through Maoist China, and experiencing the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and became a faculty member of Mills College in the 1990s. Her works have been exhibited internationally, and continues to work in the Bay Area. Her upcoming exhibition at Mills College Art Museum is in conjunction with the retrospective Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, held at the Oakland Museum of California. Log on to mcam.mills.edu for more information.