By Taylor McDonnell
The Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas has announced a landmark, three-year series of exhibitions honoring the cultural traditions of Asia with new contemporary voices from Texas women. The Texas Asian Women Artists Series will be the first major series that the Crow Museum debuts as a university-affiliated museum.
The Texas Asian Women Artists Series is dedicated to elevating and making visible the work of emerging and established Texas-based contemporary Asian women artists. The artists presented in this program focus on contemporary issues in Texas and abroad, giving voice to multifaceted, humanized stories of identity, place, tradition and modernity.
The Texas-based artists chosen for the major exhibition series are Chinese artist Beili Liu of Austin, Japanese artist Kana Harada of Dallas and South Korean artist JooYoung Choi of Houston. Liu, Harada and Choi’s works will be presented in 2020, 2021 and 2022, respectively.
“Creating a platform for Asian women in art is something that the Crow Museum has wanted to do for years,” said Amy Lewis Hofland, director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas. “We’re absolutely delighted to bring to the forefront the very best women contemporary artists in Texas who draw upon their Asian-American heritage to express their stories and points of view in visionary and meaningful ways.”
Kicking off the series will be the exhibition Beili Liu: One and Another featuring two monumental works from Austin-based artist and UT-Austin art professor Beili Liu. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will run Jan. 18-Aug. 16 at the Crow Museum of Asian Art museum, located in the Dallas Arts District at 2010 Flora St., Dallas 75201.
In her first major exhibition in Dallas, Liu will present two major works — LURE/Dallas and EACH AND EVERY — in Gallery 1 and the Mezzanine, respectively. Additionally, the museum will host artist performances for EACH AND EVERY and Artist Talks later this spring.
Liu is a visual artist who creates material and process-driven, site-responsive installations. Working with everyday materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, fire and water, she manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives that reflect not only her Chinese cultural heritage and personal experiences, but also the societal traumas associated with migration and diaspora.
Born in Jilin, China, Liu now lives and works in Austin. She received her MFA from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is currently a professor of art at The University of Texas at Austin.