Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Hung Liu: Golden Gate

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Hung Liu, “Resident Alien,” 1988. Oil on canvas, 60 x 90 in. (152.4 x 228.6 cm). Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art, Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation. © Hung Liu. Image © San Jose Museum of Art.

Hung Liu was one of the most important Chinese-born artists working in the United States up until her recent death. Her paintings are the focus of Golden Gate, a compelling new installation at the de Young Museum. This talk will explore Liu’s roots in Maoist China, where she was trained in the Social Realist style of painting. You’ll learn how Liu wove her personal history with the stories of other immigrants who have left their indelible mark on California history, society, and culture. Join us for a fascinating look at an artist whose work addressed issues that affect us all today.

Our docent for this talk will be Helen Yang, MFA. An artist in her own right, Helen majored in figurative painting and received her MFA from the Academy of Art University. Five of her charcoal portrait drawings were exhibited at the Spring Show at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Helen also has a BS degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and worked as a product manager in Silicon Valley for six years before following her dream of being an artist. Helen was born and raised on the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts University campus (Shen Yang, China) where her father was an art professor for twenty-one years. Helen received classical art training from her parents and other well known Chinese artists while she lived in China. Helen majored in Oil Painting at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in its undergraduate degree program. Helen’s graphite portrait drawing of Michelangelo’s Giuliano de’ Medici is housed in the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in its permanent collection as a work of excellence.