George Lucas To Open Museum Of Narrative Art
The New York Times reports that George Lucas is planning to own his Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. Los Angeles beat out San Francisco after months of pushing to host it. The board of directors made the announcement yesterday. Lucas has been planning the museum for years to include his collection of fine and popular art. Plans to open one at the lakefront in downtown Chicago were cancelled, so Lucas and his team of architects revealed futuristic designs for San Francisco and Los Angeles. Another attempt to open in San Francisco’s Presidio Park was also cancelled due to opposition, so he made new plans.
Lucas himself will finance the project, which is expected to cost around a billion. It’s also expected to bring thousands of construction and museum jobs to the city. Lucas’ personal collection includes 10,000 paintings, along with book and magazine illustrations, which he spent decades collecting. The collection features Norman Rockwell, R. Crumb, and N.C. Wyeth (“Treasure Island”) and memorabilia from Lucas’ films. The museum will be in Exposition Park.
In a statement, the board of directors said that Los Angeles “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.” It is steps away from a Metro stop and across the street from the University of Southern California, where Lucas attended college.