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Resident Alien
Painting

1988
60 x 90 x 2 in. (152.4 x 228.6 x 5.08 cm)

Hung Liu (Changchun, China, 1948 – 2021, Oakland, California)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation
Accession Number: 2005.32

Exhibition

Evergreen: Art from the Collection, July 23, 2022 – ongoing, Historic Wing Davies Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, August 27, 2021 – May 30, 2022, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.

San Francisco. Californian Dreams, Bundeskunsthalle (Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany), Bonn, Germany, September 13, 2019 - January 12, 2020.

Soul Mining: The Influence of Asian Culture in Latin America
, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, September 23, 2017 - January 6, 2018 and tour to Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA, March 17 - August 19, 2018.

Daughter of China, Resident Alien, Katzen Arts Center, Washington University, Washington, DC, September 6 – October 23, 2016.

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu, Oakland Museum of California, March 16 - June 30, 2013, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, October 10, 2014 - January 11, 2015, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, Feburary 25 - May 24, 2015.

So, Who Do You Think You Are?, September 25, 2011- January 15, 2012, New Wing, Second Floor, Central Skylight Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

Home Sweet Home, June 8 - July 21, 2007, Main Gallery, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.

Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement, November 20, 2005 - March 5, 2006, New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, San José Museum of Art. Circulated to: Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC, April 9-July 29, 2006.

SJMA Label Text


Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement (2005-2006)

A seminal painting created by Hung Liu during the peak of the cultural identity movements in the 1980s, Resident Alien is an oversized image of the green card issued to the artist by the Immigration and Naturalization Service four years after she arrived in the United States from China. Liu sarcastically refers to herself using the name “Fortune Cookie” and her “Alien Number” appears above a perched eagle that symbolizes the freedom granted—with many strings attached—to American immigrants.

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