Lucy Liu artist and actor

Before Lucy Liu hit television big time in 1997 on Ally McBeal, and big screen fame in Charlie’s Angels in 2000, she was showing her art in major galleries in New York and Los Angeles. She’s worked in collage, photography, mixed-media works, and sculpture since her first show, “Unraveling” in 1993.

Liu’s newest exhibition, “Lucy Liu: One of These Things is Not Like the Other,” has just gone up on the website of the Napa Valley Museum, as a virtual tour. It features wood sculptures and large-scale, impressionist paintings, and will include video interviews with the artist discussing her process and inspirations, as well as showing her work. Also available will be many of Liu’s past works, like “Lost & Found,” a series of “books” made out of found objects.

“Art has been an important part of my life and development since I was a child,” said Liu, on the website of the Napa Valley Museum. “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.”

Admission to the virtual tour is by a donation of any amount. All proceeds support the museum, which is struggling as most such institutions are, in these days of pandemic. They closed their doors on March 16th, only three days in advance of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order. Liu’s exhibition was already planned at the time, but now, she hopes that her fame will help drive donations to the museum so that it stands a better chance of reopening later this year.

This exhibition, which runs through August 2nd, overlaps with her show “Unhomed Belongings” in the National Museum of Singapore, which began in late 2019. Another mixed-media collection, that show features re-purposed trash collected from the street. “The idea is to find a home for things that have been discarded,” said Liu.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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