The City Council of Chicago has said that it passed an ordinance that will allow for the development of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by George Lucas.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the said museum will become an “incredible addition” to the Chicago’s sprawling Museum Campus, which already hosts 56 other museums in the city.
The decision to move forward with the development of the Lucas Museum of Art comes after almost two years of community meetings and various approvals by the Plan Commission, the Department of Planning and Development as well as the Chicago Park Board of Commissioners. What pleases the Chicago City Council is that the museum will be privately funded, thereby not putting costs on taxpayers. Moreover, as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a non-profit organization, it plans to partner up with a number of education institution in order to provide public outreach and educational programming.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is said to be the first of its kind. Because of the entertainment industry background of its founder, George Lucas, the museum will pay homage to various collections of popular art, from illustration to comics. The museum will also showcase cinematic and digital arts. Moreover, it plans to host traveling exhibitions and lecture series.
Beijing-based Architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects is behind the architectural design of the Lucas Museum of Native Art. The proposed structure has a flowy, space-inspired feel and is composed of two buildings, one bigger than the other. Meanwhile, the surrounding landscape is designed by Chicago-based Jeanne Gang of the Studio Gang Architects and Kate Orff from SCAPE. When the museum is completed, it shall stand near the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Northerly Island.
George Lucas said early on that he hopes to open the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in 2018.