Staff Biography

Cary Liu

Nancy and Peter Lee Curator of Asian Art
(609) 258-5466


Cary Y. Liu is a specialist in Chinese architectural history and art history; he holds M.Arch. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University and is a licensed architect. Recent exhibitions for which he has been curator include Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art (2009); Providing for the Afterlife: "Brilliant Artifacts" from Shandong (2005); Recarving China's Past: Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the "Wu Family Shrines" (2005); and The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection (1999). Among his publications are contributions to Art of the Sung and Yüan: Ritual, Ethnicity, and Style in Painting (1999) and to the journals Hong Kong University Museum Journal, Oriental Art, Orientations, Taida Journal, and T'oung Pao. He also published the essays "Between the Titans: Constructions of Modernity and Tradition at the Dawn of Chinese Architectural History" in Bridges to Heaven: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong (2011) and "Chinese Architectural Aesthetics: Patterns of Living and Being between Past and Present" in House, Home, Family: Living and Being Chinese (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005).