GEORGE LUCAS' PROPOSAL for a WEST COAST $1 BILLION AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION MUSEUM
THE RECENT LUCAS MUSEUM PROPOSAL HERALDS A NEW and GROWING GLOBAL RECOGNITION of AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION ART
George Lucas' proposal for a Cultural Arts Museum is one of 3 finalists
for a coveted site in San Francisco's Presidio National Park. His
proposal submitted to The Presidio Trust explains the intent to create a
museum which highlights storytelling "populist art," with the works of
great American illustrators such as Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth,
Maxfield Parrish, and J.C. Leyendecker all featured prominently. Other
artists in other mediums and genres such as comic art, fashion design,
cinematic art, and digital media will be included in the proposed
Sunrise, 1931. Maxfield Parrish
(l-r): Going Out - Woman At Vanity, 1933, and Ride in a Rumble Seat, 1935. Norman Rockwell
developed much of his esteemed collection through NMAI co-founder and
Museum Director Judy Cutler's American Illustrators Gallery in NYC,
including the images displayed within this section.Mrs. Cutler remarks, "George has been a long-time proponent
of the merits and cultural value of American illustration. Many early
advocates of American illustration art were movie actors and directors.
They were all early to recognize the parallels between American
illustration and film in reflecting our culture and the human condition
while telling a story within a particular aesthetic framework."
Mrs. Cutler goes on to say, "Lucas'
whole- hearted commitment to this project is most commendable. He is
gifting the entirety of the funding necessary for the construction of
the building ($250 million), and creating a huge endowment ($800
million) to operate the new Museum in perpetuity. It will ultimately
comprise a huge, valuable gift to San Francisco - a massive
commitment to illustration art and new media arts."
right: Contentment, 1927. Maxfield Parrish
below: Democrats & Republicans, 1936, and Vacation, 1907. J.C. Leyendecker
NORMAN ROCKWELL'S AMERICA NMAI's RECENT GIFTTO NEWPORT INSTITUTIONS
NMAI recently gifted nearly 400 copies of our book Norman Rockwell's America to the Newport School Committee
for distribution to every teacher in the Newport School System and to
every graduating senior at Rogers High School, as well as 2 copies for
every City school library. NMAI also gifted 140 copies to the
congregants of Newport's Touro Synagogue
- the oldest synagogue in North America. The reason for these gifts is
our fervent belief in education and the value of art as an important
part of everyone's lives. To wit: it was a 1961 gift of an art book from
our co-founder Laurence Cutler to his high school sweetheart and future
wife Judy Cutler that led her to embark on a career as an art
collector, conservator, educator, and America's leading illustration art
dealer for decades, ultimately co-founding the first national
illustration art museum - the NMAI.
Bridge Game - The Bid, 1948. Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell's America
showcases the artist's career as America's most beloved illustrator.
His paintings are vivid depictions of American lifestyles from bygone
eras which still astoundingly find and resonate with new audiences into
the 21st century. The 265 page book with hundreds of color images is
and at the NMAI MuseShop. This book allows viewers to experience
Rockwell's work close-up and marvel at his unique creativity and uncanny
technical expertise and skills.
Norman Rockwell in his studio, 1950
April Fools - Girl with Shop Keeper, 1948. Norman Rockwell
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to 12: $8. Children ages 5 to 12 are permitted only if they are
vouchsafed by parents or guardians as being 'well-behaved.'
View of The NMAI from North looking Southwards towards Victoria Avenue
and NMAI's Frederick Law Olmsted Park; cars along Bellevue Avenue seen
National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit, independent,
educational and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI, on
Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Carrére and Hastings designed
Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the
first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art.
Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in
books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. 'Golden Age' paintings
by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, JC
Leyendecker, and 150 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture,
creating a unique union of architecture and art - a national treasure.
The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a
nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue
for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art - the most American of American art.
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