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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 Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang (2015); 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 Oriental Art, OrientationsTaida Journal, T'oung Pao, and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His publications include “The Qin and Han Imperial City: Modeling and Visualizing Architecture” in The Age of Empires (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017), “The Concepts of Architectural Space in Historical Chinese Thought” in A Companion to Chinese Art (Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2016). "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).