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We Who Work: Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu: March 3rd 2017 – June 25th 2017

Zhuangjia (Crop), Hung Liu, 2008

Honor laborers past, present and future with vibrant portraits from Hung Liu alongside tools from Santa Cruz County workers and stories by Working for Dignity.

Explore tapestries and mixed media prints by artist Hung Liu— one of the most renowned Chinese artists living in United States today. Raised in China during the Cultural Revolution, Hung Liu creates vibrant portraits that honor workers– shoemakers, soldiers, farmers and more. Based off historical Chinese photographs, Liu’s prints and tapestries (many never seen before) not only celebrate workers (particularly women) but also expand the idea of what it means to “work.” Alongside Liu’s work will be tools from Community members and photos of local day workers from Working For Dignity artists Edward Ramirez and Leo Alas.

Hung Liu was born in Changchun, China in 1948, growing up under the Maoist regime. Trained in Socialist Realism, Liu studied mural painting at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing before immigrating to the US in 1984 to attend the University of California, San Diego. A two time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting, Liu also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International in 2011. Hung Liu lives in Oakland, and exhibits internationally. We Who Work presents a collection of prints, tapestries, and cast resin paintings Hung Liu created in collaboration with master printers at Paulson Bott Press, Magnolia Editions, and Trillium Graphics

Upcoming Exhibit Events:

Qing Ming Festival and Work Party

Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 9:30 am–12:30 pm at Evergreen Cemetery

Join the Evergreen Restoration Committee in a work party to celebrate the Chinese cultural holiday of Qing Ming. Qing Ming is about honoring the departed spirits of your family members.


Beyond Borders 3rd Friday 

Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 6–9 pm

Break through borders of all kinds alongside inspiring local organizations fighting for political, cultural and artistic justice.


MAH Members Field Trip: Hung Liu Trillium Graphics Studio Tour, Print Sale & Demo 

Saturday April 29th, 2017, time TBD

Go behind the prints and tapestries of Hung Liu with a studio visit, print sale, and demonstration from a master printer at Trillium Graphics.


We Who Work – Reel Work Short Films

Mon, May 1, 2017, 7–9:30 pm

See award-winning documentary films that showcase the history and culture of labor movements in the US and abroad. These films raise awareness for the central role work plays in our lives.

Past Exhibit Events:

Poetry and Book Arts 3rd Friday

Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 6–9 pm

Economic Justice Alliance – Public Membership Meeting

Mon, Mar 20, 2017, 6–7:30 pm


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH (Visit, Ow Family Properties and Hotel Paradox.

  • cdbagshaw

    Inspired by the breath-taking Hung Lui exhibit at the Museum of Art and History (MAH)
    I’m thinking those who found her story interesting might also like to
    read Alice’s Story. Alice also grew up in Communist China and had a very
    challenging life before she immigrated here to Santa Cruz. Check out
    the “Look Inside” feature for photos, and the lovely Chinese characters
    Alice added to each chapter heading.…/…/ref=sr_1_1… It’s available at cost.