Virtual: Lucy Liu: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others


A donation of any amount ($5 minimum suggested)* will unlock the tour and support our nonprofit arts and education programs
(Due to adult subject matter, the Museum recommends that visitors under age 18 have permission of a parent)

Now On Virtual Tour: Walk through the gallery as if you were there in person. Click on artworks and video to see the works up close and learn about Lucy’s artistic process and inspiration. Don’t miss the video Title Wall with a message from Lucy!

To view the virtual tour, please make a donation of any amount – suggested minimum $5  (Regular Admission was $15) – and make sure that the extraordinary artwork of Lucy Liu can be seen in person at the museum soon! The Museum is currently closed, but is tentatively scheduled to reopen on August 1, with Lucy Liu running through September. But we have to be able to reopen our doors safely, and to make improvements to the galleries in light of COVID. We are grateful for your support of this exhibition and of our arts and education programs. If you have any technical difficulties please email us at

On exhibition in the Main Gallery REOPENING JUNE 18, 2021

“Lucy Liu: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others”
the first U.S. museum exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Lucy Liu, the artist, actress and advocate.

An accomplished artist whose work was recently exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore, Lucy Liu has created an impressive collection of deeply personal artworks, ranging from large-scale paintings to inventive mixed media works to intricate wood sculptures.

Lucy is an award-winning actress who has appeared in films, on television and on Broadway.  She is also a respected director and dedicated UNICEF ambassador, advocating for children’s health and protection since 2004. Lucy was Keynote Speaker at the Museum’s February 25 “Phenomenal Women” fundraising luncheon, generously donating the original work: “Freshly Squeezed III, 2013” to benefit the museum’s arts education programs.
About the Exhibition:

This exhibition “Lucy Liu: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others,” focuses on her wood sculptures and on oversized paintings inspired by Shunga, a form of erotic art based on the “ukiyo-e” or Japanese woodblock. It also features representative works from her “Totem” series including “41”, in which intricate embroidered “spines” are paired with bold designs fashioned from fabric, paper and thread. Also on display will be an example of her silkscreens, and artworks from the “Lost & Found” series, in which found objects are incorporated into books which become works of art themselves.

The exhibition will feature video of the creation of her silkscreens and found object series, and other video and audio illustrating her influences and creative processes. It will also incorporate an example of traditional Japanese Shunga hand scroll, provided by San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

“I’m so happy to collaborate with the Napa Valley Museum and to share my work with the community,” says the artist Lucy Liu. “Art has been an important part of my life and development since I was a child; it helps cultivate imagination and also fosters critical thinking skills. Supporting lifelong arts education is imperative and I am thrilled to be a part of this important endeavor.“

“The Museum is thrilled by the opportunity to present the first U.S. exhibition by this talented artist, whose thrilling works manage to be bold and exaggerated, yet shockingly intimate,” says Laura Rafaty, Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum Yountville. “Lucy’s paintings and sculpture are both intellectual and emotional, reverential and revolutionary. They challenge viewers to re-examine cultural and gender stereotypes, while always retaining an essential humanity. This first U.S. exhibition of her work allows us to build on a season during which we’ve presented some of the world’s most provocative and acclaimed female artists, from painters Frida Kahlo and Juanita Guccione to photographers Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, Margaret Bourke-White and Dorothea Lange. “Lucy Liu: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others,” allows us to showcase the work of a living artist whose very public career in the performing arts, and tireless advocacy for the world’s children through UNICEF, uniquely inform her work as a visual artist. We are all looking forward to her visit as our Keynote Speaker at our February 25 fundraising luncheon, where we will hear her speak about the creation and inspiration behind these works and about her multi-faceted life and career.”

Due to adult subject matter, the Museum recommends that visitors under age 18 be accompanied by a parent. The Virtual Tour was made possible in part by a grant from the Napa County Board of Supervisors and by the members and supporters of the Napa Valley Museum. 
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Regular Museum Admission:
Members: entry is Free
Non-Member Adults (18 to under 65): $15
Non-Members Seniors (65+): $10
Youth (6–17): $5.00
Children (5 and under): Free
Admission is Free for residents of the California Veterans Home and Active Duty Military

This special exhibition is NOT included with NARMS membership, but members are welcome to visit our Spotlight & History Gallery exhibits. This exhibit IS included as part of the Museums On Us program through BofA/Merrill Lynch.