Memories in the Present: Portraits of the Modern

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Memories in the Present: Portraits of the Modern

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Liz Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Art History; Texas Woman’s University

*This event is FREE and open to the public.

What is the role of portraiture with respect to the modern times? Hung Liu’s portraits connect with archived memories of early modern imperial China as shaping the experiences of today’s America as an Asian American artist. Leila McConnell and Kermit Oliver’s works are archival artefacts of modern America, capturing memories of a modernizing nation, like keepsakes and family heirlooms that activate our connections to the historical past. This lecture focuses on the genre of portraiture as bridges to the nostalgic modern in the American post-industrial present.

Liz Kim is an assistant professor of art history at Texas Woman’s University. Specializing in American art with an interest in the global, she received her M.A. from Leiden University, Netherlands, and Ph.D. from Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Her current projects include research on regional women modernists with a focus on Texas, a book manuscript on postmodernism, and ongoing work on the history of moving images art.

Thanks to our sponsors: Humanities Texas, CASETA-Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Texas Commission on the Arts

This program generously supported in part by Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA).

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities, Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


January 23
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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