The Tamarind Institute hosts an opening reception for "Hung Liu: Pressed Memory," an exhibition of lithographs made at Tamarind and other prints by Hung, on Friday, Oct. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Born in the People's Republic of China in 1948, Hung lived in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, when she was sent to the countryside to do hard labor as part of the communist "re-education" effort. Although her personal artistic pursuits were temporarily derailed, she eventually attended the University of California at San Diego and developed a distinguished career in the United States as a teacher and artist. She said she arrived in the United States "with a 4,000 year old culture on my back and a late 20th century world in my face."

Hung is well known for her hauntingly beautiful paintings and prints that address issues of marginality and displacement. Looking for the "mythic pose" behind the human figure, Hung takes her subjects from Chinese historical photographs and weaves in traditional, symbolic motifs to create a dialogue between ancient and contemporary history.

Before the public reception, Tamarind Institute's Fabulous Friends will have an intimate, guided tour led by the artist. Members make an annual donation of $50 or more. Visit Fabulous Friends or call (505) 277-3901.