The AP is reporting that George Lucas is finally about to break ground on The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. The museum was initially supposed to open in San Francisco but the area politics stood in Lucas’ way and he tried again in Chicago with no luck. Thankfully Los Angeles welcomed him in a landslide vote. The museum is still a ways away, however, as it won’t officially open until 2021 but ground is finally being broken on the location.
The museum is going to house everything from Star Wars props, and merchandise to classic film art. The idea of the museum is to explore and celebrate visual forms of storytelling and to create an archive of materials important to visual narrative history. I’m really exciting to see the original early Charles Shultz works from when he was a little more radical. The site will also include:
- Collection presentations
- Temporary exhibitions
- Daily film screenings
- Public lectures
- Hands-on workshops
- School tours and programs
- Classes for all ages
- Campus-wide festivals
Its wide-ranging collection will also include paintings by Norman Rockwell, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, comic strips by “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz and underground artist Robert Crumb, animation from films such as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and special effects from films such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
The museum is being built at Exposition Park, Los Angeles (which was Parking Lots 2 & 3). But don’t worry about parking space as when all is said and done there will be underground parking to accommodate approximately 2200 vehicles.
It will be walking distance to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center and the University of Southern California, which is where Lucas studied cinema before launching his career with the acclaimed 1971 science-fiction film “THX 1138.”
I am so thrilled this is happening. As a kid, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles was one of my favorite places to go. I remember taking field trips there and to the science museum located nearby and seeing amazing historical artifacts, art hundreds of years old and then seeing Johnny Five from Short Circuit. I like how this museum George Lucas is willing into existence doesn’t take a highbrow approach to art. The lines between what some would consider “high” and “low” art are completely blurred and that’s a good thing. The idea of high art is so exclusionary and this place Lucas is making for children and adults to experience a variety of good art is amazing. George Lucas is a national treasure.
I look forward to taking my kids to The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles when it opens. My children will be the perfect age to experience and comprehend the exhibits by that time, which is crazy to imagine. But I look forward to experiencing what George has helped bring us with my kids and I’m so lucky this is coming to my area. That said, it appears this is going to be worth traveling for. Imagine a vacation where you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Star Wars Land) in Anaheim and then spend the next day at The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. That sounds like a Star Wars fan’s dream come true.