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Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series names Hung Liu artist in residence

The works of artist Hung Liu, whose paintings interpret Chinese history,
will be on display at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library
until Oct. 12 to launch the 2001-2002 Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series.

Liu is the 2001 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Lecturer. She will give a free public lecture about her art Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Douglass Library, preceded by a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries at 6 p.m.

Liu paints from historical photographs, usually those taken of Chinese subjects by foreigners. Her recent works have included 19th-century images of child street acrobats, war refugees and women laboring at such tasks as pulling a boat upriver.

“Much of the meaning of my painting comes from the way the washes and drips dissolve the historical photographs I paint from, opening them to a slower kind of looking, suggesting perhaps the cultural and personal narratives fixed in the photographic instant,” Liu explains.

Established in 1971, the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series is the oldest continuing series of exhibitions dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in the United States. The Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Lectureship was established in memory of the late New York City artist Estelle Lebowitz. It supports extended campus visits by renowned artists who exhibit in the art series, and lecture and meet with students and faculty.

The Mabel Smith Douglass Library is on Chapel Drive, off George Street, on the Douglass College campus. Hours when school is in session are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. All exhibits and programs are free and open to the public. For information, call (732) 932-9407, extension 44. To attend the Oct. 10 reception, call Harry Glazer at (732) 932-7505 or send him email at hglazer@rci.rutgers.edu by Oct. 5th.

- Famine, Leaf Picker, 1999
Oil on canvas by Hung Liu
Photo by Ben Blackwell
Courtesy of Bernice Steinbaum Library

Posted Sept. 12, 2001