Lucas Museum in Los Angeles postpones opening until 2025

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has postponed its reopening as construction work continues.

After pushing earlier for its planned launch from 2022 to 2023, the Los Angeles-based museum founded by filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Melody Hobson announced Tuesday that the targeted opening has now been delayed by another two years. The museum, currently scheduled to open in 2025 in Exposition Park, will house a five-story, 300,000-square-foot building on an 11-acre campus that includes a park and surrounding gardens.

Director and CEO Sandra Jackson Dumont emphasized that the facility, which focuses on all forms of narrative art rather than just showcasing movie memorabilia, will combine brow-hitting work with mass production. She also shared that the museum, which will include two 299-seat cinemas, will house the Lucasfilm Archive.

“It is humbling and energizing to see how all aspects of this new year’s resource are shaped,” she said in a statement. “We believe that narrative art can connect us and help shape a more just society. As a result, every element of this institution contributes to this idea – location is one of the physical manifestations of that.”

Aerial view of the Lucas Museum, September 6, 2022

Courtesy of Lucas Museum / Produced by JAKS. Photo by Sand Hill Media / Eric Faury

During a press visit on Tuesday, Jackson Dumont said The Hollywood Reporter This delay was solely due to supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: “The pivots we had to do are a result of those fallout.”

in addition to, THR I learned that construction is currently focused on adding the panels that will cover the building, along with planting trees in the extensive park grounds (designed by MLA studio designed for the historically lacking garden area of ​​Los Angeles). An early site tour also revealed the beginnings of an external rain fountain to cool the building with recycled water, and a trench-like cavity surrounding the building, protecting it in the event of a seismic event. An angle in the center of the building gives access to the open sky, and the circular roof will be marked with trees on one half and solar panels on the other half.

The Lucas Museum is at the intersection of art, people, places, and ideas. George Lucas said that the art of narrative – the art of telling stories through images – embodies the beliefs and ideals that hold communities together,” Jackson Dumont said at the event. The ability of narrative art to create worlds alongside their stories is a strong theme in the Lucas Museum’s collection.”

In the basement of the museum, there are plans to build a café, retail area, two cinemas, and a main exhibition space on the north side; The south side will be marked for “teaching and sharing,” and features a unique library (which includes many of the books that inspired Lucas’ approach to narrative). On the fifth floor there is a space for museum events with the possibility of renting it out for other private gatherings; It will have a full AV setup for presentations and allow access to the balcony that runs the perimeter of the building. “I want to call this narrative architecture,” said Jackson Dumont. THR.

Besides building the museum itself, the land will also contain a children’s meadow, a sculpture garden, and a theater for future programming. To get there, visitors will walk along a path covered with a hanging garden (which is said to be one of Lucas’ favorite features).

Regarding the art collection, Jackson Dumont told guests Tuesday that the museum has already acquired about 13 Ernie Barnes paintings, a large portion of the Los Angeles-based Cadre Nelson’s collection and the entire archive of Mexican graphic artist Jose Guadalupe Posada (known for his photographs of skeletons that define a story Day of the Dead). In about two quarters, expect to share more curatorial and acquisition updates.

“The museum’s exquisitely sophisticated collection of narrative art features all kinds of multifaceted perspectives through stories told by humankind over time,” she said, adding, “Through these works, we hope to ignite complex and subtle dialogues that may impact the way people see the world and each other.”

September 20, 8:06 p.m. Updated with Jackson Dumont quotes from the press visit.

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