George Lucas and Mark Bradford to Share Stage at LACMA’s Art + Film Gala

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

“George Lucas and Mark Bradford have a date with LACMA this fall.

The museum announced today that the legendary filmmaker and the beloved local artist will take the stage as honorees at the 2017 Art + Film Gala on Nov. 4. […]

Proceeds from gala benefit LACMA’s initiative to make film more central to the museum’s curatorial programming, while also serving the museum’s broader mission. […]

In making the announcement, LACMA CEO Michael Govan praised his institution’s history with Bradford as well as Lucas’s upcoming museum of his own. “LACMA has enjoyed a long relationship with Mark, from our first purchase of his work in 2002 as part of the museum’s ‘Art Here and Now’ program to the acquisition of his monumental 2013 painting Shoot the Coin. He was also co-curator and artist of our founding exhibition at Charles White Elementary School, which set a new direction for our many education and community programs,” said Govan, who also serves as Wallis Annenberg director. “George is known worldwide as having made some of the most innovative and beloved films in history. He has also been devoted to collecting a wide variety of narrative visual arts, with his efforts culminating very soon in the construction of a new museum in Exposition Park. George’s epic new museum is one of the greatest cultural philanthropic gifts ever made in Los Angeles, and will benefit local communities as well as encourage a deeper understanding of narrative arts.”

In its release, the museum also noted the duo’s shared commitment to education. Bradford has invested in the Los Angeles community with Art + Practice, an organization that brings museum-quality art exhibitions and youth services to Leimert Park. Lucas founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which provides real-world information at the parent, teacher and school level along with community connections to impact the course of learning and promote lifelong achievement. […]”

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