Los Angeles hoping to host George Lucas' art museum

EXPOSITION PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles is making a big push for George Lucas to locate a proposed art museum in Exposition Park rather than San Francisco.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed Expo Park as the location for the "Star Wars" creator's Museum of Narrative Art.

The museum would house works of art from Lucas' own collection. It "will celebrate the power of visual storytelling in a setting focused on narrative painting, illustration, photography, film, animation and digital art," according to the project's website.

It will include pieces by Norman Rockwell, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as cinema-related art from Lucas' own films, like the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, and from other filmmakers.

Lucas had originally eyed Chicago but backed out after a prolonged legal fight and is now looking at either San Francisco or L.A.

"The building of this museum would be at no cost to taxpayers," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. "The construction, the collection, the endowment will be funded fully by the Lucas family."

Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder and former CEO of Dreamworks Animation, was on hand to support the plan.

"Our job right now is to make sure the city of Los Angeles, the supervisors today, reach out and give him a big bear hug and let him know we want him, we love him and we are going to do what we need to, to get him here," Katzenberg said.

A decision is expected within the next three months.
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