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Los Angeles Approves George Lucas's Museum of Narrative Art
July 22 2017, 10:36 | Van Peters
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The proposal breezed past its final hurdle in City Hall on Tuesday, with the Los Angeles City Council enthusiastically approving plans to build the new, futuristic-looking art museum in Exposition Park.
The city council unanimously greenlit the Lucas family's project to begin construction soon.
With Tuesday's approval, plans are to break ground in Exposition Park, south of downtown, as early as this year and open the museum to the public in 2021.
Inspired by the storytelling and myth creation that is possible through filmmaking, the museum is planned to open very close to the University of Southern California, Lucas' alma mater.
The museum will house works by painters such as Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer and Pierre-Auguste Renoir; illustrations, comic art and photography by artists such as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth; as well as storyboards, props and other items from popular films.
'Thank you so much to George Lucas and Mellody Hobson for bringing this vision of creativity.to inspire generations to come to be creators and to seize their dreams, ' Garcetti said in the council chambers before the vote.
Both Los Angeles and San Francisco were bidding for the museum which, according to Lucasfilm's website, will tell stories through imagery across "every culture and time in human history". "That's where I learned my craft".
Lucas added: "We've come here to join the other museums in Los Angeles, to be a partner in making Los Angeles a museum city". Lucas and Hobson (an investor and former Dreamworks Animation chairwoman) will pay for the museum's construction costs and provide a $400 million endowment for operations. "Basically where I started my career was in school here".