Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is approaching 2023 opening date
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art nears its completion date, with the billion dollar museum set to open in 2023 and speaking with the LA Times as another museum nears its opening date – the movie Academy Museum – Lucas Museum Director Sandra Jackson-Dumont discussed the current state of LMNA and what visitors can expect, as Jackson-Dumont puts it, a ‘museum dedicated to narrative art; it’s not just about cinema. ‘
COVID-19 health and safety protocols may have slowed construction and pushed the Lucas Museum’s targeted debut into 2022, but the futuristic building designed by Ma Yansong is making progress, Jackson-Dumont said.
The museum secured the final beam in its steel structure and “refueled” in March. Construction of two theaters, second-floor classrooms and fourth-floor galleries – approximately 80,000 square feet of exhibition space – is underway. The galleries will feature works from Lucas’ personal collection of more than 100,000 pieces of folk art and art as well as “Star Wars” ephemera.
The museum recently hired an associate director of public programs and social impact, Regan Pro, who is from the Seattle Art Museum, where she held a similar position. Key positions in the library, operations, programming and curatorial departments will be announced in the first quarter of next year.
The Lucas Museum is also expanding its collection. Earlier this month, he acquired the painting “Fish Market” from Alice Neel (1947), which was part of the recent Metropolitan Museum of Art retrospective, “Alice Neel: People Come First”. In May, the Lucas Museum acquired Robert Colescott’s 1975 painting “George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page From an American History Textbook,” which Jackson-Dumont calls a vehicle “for exploring and unpacking characters racially, socially, and historically. loaded and meaningful ”.
He has also added contemporary works by Southern California artists to his permanent collection, including “The Last Indian Market” by Cara Romero (2015) and “The New American Gothic” by Criselda Vasquez (2017).
But Jackson-Dumont is perhaps more excited about a work the museum acquired at the end of 2020: “Autorretrato Dedicado al Dr. Eloesser” by Frida Kahlo (Self-portrait dedicated to Dr. Eloesser) (1940), which was included in the recent exhibition “Frida Kahlo: appearances can be deceptive”.
“It is one of his most important works,” Jackson-Dumont said. “She was painted at a particularly tumultuous time in her life, and she incorporates images that tell aspects of her experiences. There is a necklace of thorns around her neck, the earrings were a gift from Picasso, the banner bearing a dedication to the doctor who helped her during her stay in the Bay Area. We look forward to inviting people to discuss this work, see this work. I think it’s the “Mona Lisa” from Mexico, it’s beautiful.
The museum has also added several archives to its collection. This spring he acquired a collection of nearly 3,000 works of art and other materials from Mexican political lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. He also acquired the archives of Judith F. Baca documenting the making of his epic half-mile-long fresco, “The Great Wall of Los Angeles”. She is the first female muralist represented in the museum’s collection.
Participants in the Lucas Museum and LA Commons Construction Fence Project along Bill Robertson Lane.
Participants in the Lucas Museum and LA Commons Construction Fence Project along Bill Robertson Lane. (Photo: Marty Cotwright)
And if you’re intrigued by the colorful art on the museum building fence along Bill Robertson Lane, this is a project between the Lucas Museum and the LA Commons Arts Association. The art is made by 21 local students who worked with muralist Noni Olabisi and LA artist Luis Mateo to create narrative art for the fence. The works address the themes of the neighborhood and the community, family and friendship.
“It’s exciting,” Jackson-Dumont said of all that momentum. “It’s a really amazing time. We have been busy at all levels.