Jennifer Wong: “The Father of Chinese Art Deco Architecture” | Lecture at the 16th World Congress on Art Deco

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On Saturday, April 22, Jennifer Wong spoke at the Jewish Museum of Florida for the 16th World Congress on Art Deco lecture series.

In her lecture, Wong dives into the work of her maternal grandfather, Chinese architect Liu Jipiao. Jipiao is considered the father of Chinese Art Deco architecture.

During the height of the Art Deco era, a wave of Chinese artists came to Paris to learn from Western culture. Among them was Jipiao, who organized and designed China’s section at the famous 1925 Paris Exposition (which introduced the world to Art Deco), and was a key figure in bringing modernist art and architecture to his home country.

Jennifer Wong is a firstborn Chinese American on her mother’s side and granddaughter of Chinese Art Deco Architect, Liu Jipiao (刘既漂)1900-1992. She has her BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, focusing on Chinese Language and History.

She studied in China from 1986-1987 as a personal journey, discovering her roots and connecting with the family she never knew. These days, she works with her brother Matthew running the family company providing after-school sports for children from Kinder through High School, as well as working part-time in construction as a designer.

The 16th World Congress on Art Deco was made possible with the support of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida, the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies, and the Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches.

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