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A Tribute to Hung Liu: A Celebration of Life and Art

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Hung Liu at the opening of Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) at the de Young museum in San Francisco, CA. Photo by Drew Altizer.

Join us for a special evening as we celebrate the life and the legacy of beloved Bay Area artist, Hung Liu. This program explores her life, artistic practice, and profound legacy through the eyes of the people she influenced. Hear a panel of former students, mentees, and friends share the many ways Hung Liu’s teachings and artistry have impacted their practices, careers, and lives. 
 


About the Speakers

Michael Hall is an artist and educator whose work is concerned with finding empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. Through painting and video works he looks to add a more nuanced approach to necessarily critical but discordant conversations. He was born in San Diego, California to military parents and has lived around the world in Japan, Russia, England, and France. Hall received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from Mills College.
 
Sandra Ono received her MFA from Mills College, following undergraduate studies at UC Davis and Imperial College, London. She has shown her work in exhibitions locally and nationally at venues such as Southern Exposure, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Incline Gallery, Electric Works, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Transmitter gallery in Brooklyn, and in solo shows at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Ono currently serves as visiting faculty lecturer at Mills College and has been awarded artist residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, University of Texas at Dallas CentralTrak, Kala Art Institute, Southern Exposure and the Vermont Studio Center. Ono is the first recipient of the TOSA Studio Award. 
 
Yulia Pinkusevich is an artist and educator born in Kharkov, Ukraine (USSR). Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, her family fled the eastern block as refugees, immigrating to New York City. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Yulia has exhibited nationally and internationally including site-specific projects executed in Paris, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
Janna Keegan is the assistant curator for Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She recently assisted in organizing the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI, was the institutional curator for Judy Dater: Only Human and David Hockney: Four Seasons, and assisted with organizing Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites.

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, re-creating 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.

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