Acclaimed painter and printmaker Hung Liu will lecture on her work Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 309, on the Vanderbilt campus. Free and open to the public, her lecture inaugurates the 2012-2013 season of StudioVU: The Department of Art Lecture Series.
Working from historical Chinese photographs, Liu challenges the viewer to re-examine the depicted moment through her more reflective process of painting. Much of the meaning in Liu’s painting comes from the way the washes and drips dissolve the documentary images, suggesting the passage of memory into history, while working to uncover the cultural and personal narratives fixed—but often concealed—in the photographic instant. “I want to both preserve and destroy the image,” she wrote. In effect, Liu turns old photographs into new paintings.
In addition to her two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in painting, Liu also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International in 2011. Liu’s work has been exhibited extensively and collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and Los Angeles County Museum, among others. A retrospective of Liu’s work will open in February 2013 at the Oakland Museum of California. A professor of art at Mill College in Oakland for the past 20 years, Liu was formally educated in both China and the United States, immigrating here in l984.
For more information on the lecture, contact the Department of Art at 615.343.7241.