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Hung Liu Celebration with Megan Lowe Dances

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Megan Lowe dancing

Opening day of Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy, San Francisco, 2022. Photograph by Gary Sexton. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Wilsey Court

Megan Lowe Dances presents No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might, a process to performance experience inspired by the Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) exhibition. In Hung Liu: Great Granary by Wu Hung (2010) Liu asks, “What kind of thing is history? What kind of thing can bear witness to history? I had the sense that history had its one-sidedness and its mutability. Also history is a very subjective thing. What you choose to include and what you don’t — there’s absolutely no way you can encompass all the things you might.” In celebration of this powerful exhibition, witness dancers create and explore these themes live on-site throughout the day and reveal the process of dance making and editing, concluding in an experimental performance of what was discovered.

Show credits

  • Title: No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might
  • Artistic direction: Megan Lowe
  • Dancers: Sonsherée Giles, Melissa Lewis Wong, Megan Lowe, Johnny Huy Nguyen, Asha Passalacqua, and Shira Yaziv
  • Live music: Peekaboo
  • Special thanks to: Miriam Wolodarski-Lundberg

About the exhibition

Born in Changchun, China, in 1948, Hung Liu grew up under the Maoist regime. Trained in the Socialist Realist style of painting, she elevates the subjects of archival photographs, recreating them in the grand scale and lyrical style of history painting. Challenging primary sources, officially sanctioned documents, and revisionist accounts, Liu foregrounds displaced and wandering people frequently left out of traditional historical narratives and resurfaces stories lost to time. In Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門), her site-specific installation combining existing and new work in Wilsey Court, Liu highlights international and domestic narratives of migration. Reimagining some of her most iconic paintings, such as Resident Alien, through the lens of her personal trajectory, she places herself among and celebrates the people who arrived in California from both land and sea.

COVID-19 guidance 

Masking is strongly recommended but no longer required for members of the public or employees while in the museum.

Ticket Information

This is a free event part of Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門). Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) is located in the de Young's Wilsey Court, a space free to the public.

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