Hung Liu: Golden Gate Closing Celebration with Megan Lowe Dances

Date(s) - 08/06
4:30pm - 5:00pm

de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA

Megan Lowe Dances presents No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might, a process to performance experience inspired by the Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) exhibition. In Hung Liu: Great Granary by Wu Hung (2010) Liu asks, “What kind of thing is history? What kind of thing can bear witness to history? I had the sense that history had its one-sidedness and its mutability. Also history is a very subjective thing. What you choose to include and what you don’t — there’s absolutely no way you can encompass all the things you might.” In celebration of the closing of this powerful exhibition, witness dancers will create and explore these themes live on-site throughout the day and reveal the process of dance making and editing, concluding in an experimental performance of what was discovered.

Title: No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might
Artistic direction: Megan Lowe
Choreography and performance: Brenton Cheng, Sonsherée Giles, Megan Lowe, Johnny Huy Nguyen, and Shira Yaziv
Live music: Andrea Wang

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, recreating 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.