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Hung Liu: Scales of History  - Born in Changchun, China, in 1948 and raised during the Maoist regime, Hung Liu studied mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing before emigrating to the United States in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego. As a painter, she challenges the documentary authority of historical Chinese photographs by subjecting them to the more reflective process of painting. Her paintings utilize prostitutes, refugees, street performers, soldiers, laborers, and prisoners as subjects, reinventing the moments captured through a lens and simultaneously acknowledging the passing of time and breathing new life into faded memories. A two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting, Liu's works have been exhibited extensively and collected by many institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. She is a Professor Emerita at Mills College, where she has taught since 1990. The Fresno Art Museum is proud to present Hung Liu as the Council of 100's Distinguished Woman Artist of 2016.
At Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
Sun 2/26/17 at 11am-5pm
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Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964  - This powerful exhibition was created by McLane High School's award-winning Art Venture Academy students in 2014-2015 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Includes large-scale woodblock prints depicting historical events from the Civil War to the 1960s. Included in the exhibition will be 10 4-by-8-foot panels printed using woodblocks depicting scenes and text from Freedom Summer; a three-dimensional bus with African American historial figures and scenes symbolizing the Freedom Riders; film documentaries about civil rights stories; and spoken-word performances exploring themes of identity.
At Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
Sun 2/26/17 at 11am-5pm
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