Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: Assembled Realities. Oct. 15, 2014 - Mar 15, 2015

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: Assembled Realities features more than 40 works by this Taiwanese artist, who came to New York at 18 to study photography. Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary photography, Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical; complex, hyper-real views that no single shot—or the eye—could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway.

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Each of Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's works on view is comprised of dozens, if not hundreds of images compressed and then layered together. Discover how he used this technique to document Midtown's Duffy Square in the video below.

Educator Programs

Educator Workshop: Cityscapes: Teaching New York History Through Art
Friday, March 20 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Discover how to use works of art in the social studies classroom and introduce historical content into the art studio.

NEW School Program! Capturing the City Through the Camera For Grades 5-8
With the guidance of a professional photographer and the use of digital cameras provided by the Museum, students will undertake a photographic study of Central Park, exploring the park’s rich history and role as an urban sanctuary.


  • "Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s Immaculate and Impossible New York" American Photo
  • "Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s ‘Assembled Realities’ Opens at City Museum" Wall Street Journal
  • "These Mesmerizing Cityscapes Are Stitched Together From Dozens of Photos" Gizmodo
  • "Truly Capturing the Frenzy of New York's Streets" City Lab
  • Sponsors

    The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:


    Merrilou and Justin Hillenbrand
    Ellen and Bob Grimes
    J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation
    Ronay and Richard L. Menschel

    Additional support is provided by:

    Hilary Ballon and Orin Kramer
    James F. Capalino
    Victoria and William Cherry
    Leslie and Mark Godridge
    Susan Griffith and 
    David Neill
    Susan Jang and Kenneth Lee
    Mary Ann and Bruno A. Quinson
    Ann and Adam Spence
    Marcy Syms

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