Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opening pushed back to 2025

Although it has already technically landed in the Los Angeles Fairgrounds, visitors will now have to wait a little longer for the alien spaceship Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to open its doors.

As first reported by the Los Angeles Timesthe ongoing saga of the George Lucas-backed institution continues with news that it will now open in 2025. was originally supposed open this year. In April 2021, however, museum officials announced that an opening would take place a year later, in 2023, due to pandemic-related slowdowns. A start in 2023 was apparently right too early Like now, the curvilinear 300,000-square-foot museum complex, designed by MAD Architects with Stantec serving as executive architect and Studio-MLA leading campus landscaping, has been pushed back two years.

The billion-dollar project began in March 2018.

Museum officials announced the new delay in a September 20 press release while revealing the construction milestones that have been achieved so far and detailing the future museum’s extensive art collection, which will include works that will span “from ancient Roman mosaics to Renaissance painting to contemporary photography,” the museum explained. narrative art can engage dynamic and diverse audiences.” Artists represented in the collection include Lucas Cranach the Elder, Kerry James Marshall and John Singer Sargent alongside contemporary works by Weshoyot Alvitre, Ernie Barnes, Jaime Hernandez and Cara Romero.The collection will eventually be displayed in the 100,000 square foot of gallery space in the new museum comes from the personal collection of 100,000+ objects of paintings, photographs, murals, sculptures, multimedia works, and more of Star Wars director and entrepreneur George Lucas.

Aerial view of a section of the construction of the Lucas Museum Park and Gardens, June 28, 2022. (© 2022 Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Photo: Hunter Kerhart)

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, director and CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, said in a statement:

“It is a lesson in humility and energy to see how all aspects of this new public resource are taking shape. We believe storytelling can connect us and help shape a more just society. Accordingly, every element of this institution contributes to this idea – the site is a physical manifestation of it. The campus with its iconic building and arched underbelly that creates a canopy, coupled with the over 200 trees that take root in the park, together create another community gathering place with much-needed shade for our neighbors and others who will be using the site. Another manifestation of this idea is the museum’s wonderfully evolving collection of storytelling art that showcases multi-faceted perspectives through the stories humans have told throughout history. Through these works, we hope to spark a complex and nuanced conversation that can impact how people understand the world, but perhaps even what they decide to do in the world. We are thrilled to share this significant progress, and I look forward to keeping the public informed as we move forward.

Regarding construction milestones, museum officials said installation of more than 1,500 curved fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels of the five-story structure has now begun on the south facade of the building. Meanwhile, tree-planting efforts have begun on the museum’s park-like grounds, which will also include an amphitheater, hanging garden and pedestrian bridge.

installation of facade panels
Construction of the facade of the Lucas Museum, August 3, 2022, (© 2022 JAKS Productions. Photo courtesy of USC School of Cinematic Arts/ Roberto Gomez)

In addition to the Lucas Museum, another major project underway at Exposition Park, a state-owned complex that once housed agricultural fairgrounds, is a space shuttle enabling the 200,000-square-foot expansion of the California Science Center headed by ZGF Architects. Also located within the 160-acre Exposition Park are the National History Museum of Los Angeles County (also being expanded), the African American Museum of California, the Gensler-designed Banc of California Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. These final two park anchors will serve as major venues during the 2028 Summer Olympics, with the historic LA Coliseum slated to host both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Although a little closer than expected, the Lucas Museum will make its debut well before the start of the 2028 Summer Games.

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