It’s been several years since it was announced that Los Angeles had been selected to house the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and according to a new report, the location is on track to open sometime in 2025.
What is the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a museum founded by filmmaker and vfx pioneer George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson, who is co-CEO of the asset management firm Ariel Investments. The site will host exhibits dedicated to all forms of visual storytelling, including painting, photography, sculpture, illustration, comic art, performance, and video. The building was designed by leading Chinese architect Ma Yansong and its gardens and parks were planned out by landscape architect Mia Lehrer.
Why is it significant? Los Angeles is quickly becoming home to a significant portion of the physical record of pop culture. With the recent opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the upcoming Lucas Museum, contemporary art forms are beginning to get the kind of treatment that has long been reserved for more traditional arts. According to Lucas, who’s footing the bill for the $1 billion facility, “Narrative art tells the story of a society—most importantly, what the common beliefs are that hold it together.” The museum promises to showcase everybody from Norman Rockwell to Robert Crumb.