RESEARCH AREAS – Global modernism and contemporary visual culture. Specialization in 20th-century China: early development of a modernist concept, artistic control in the Cultural Revolution, dissident art and discursive interference in official spaces, evolution of contemporary exhibition spaces, introduction, growth and commercialization of the Chinese avant-garde in the global arena.
Prior to teaching at the University of Hawai’i, Liu taught courses in American, Asian, European art at Brigham Young University-Hawai’i, and curated a rotating exhibition for the Honolulu Museum of Art. He is responsible for translating the department’s Global Art History courses for summer sessions, the Honors Program, and digital distance learning environments.
MA – University of Hawai’i at Manoa, (thesis: The Making of Unofficial Space: 1989 and the Definition of a Chinese Vanguard)
BA – Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Curator, Tumultuous Traditions: Chinese Ink Painting in the 20th Century, Honolulu Museum of Art, Nov. 2009 – Feb. 2010.
ART 175 (Survey of Global Art I)
ART 175A (Survey of Global Art I, Honors Program)
ART 176 (Survey of Global Art II)
ART 176A (Survey of Global Art II, Honors Program)