George Lucas Museum: what's it gonna have?

George Lucas Museum:  what's it gonna have?
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How come George Lucas is building a museum on our lakefront land and officially becoming a South Loop neighbor in Chicago and no one seems to know what's going to be in it?  To hear them talking, it's going to be the greatest thing since The Art Institute of Chicago opened the doors to its current home in 1893.  And it won't cost a penny.

It seems a bit too good to be true, doesn't it?  How come his own hometown San Francisco has been resisting his gift for four years?  And how come we have to take it off his hands now?

You hear mention of posters and props and some Norman Rockwells.  OK. So what exactly makes it deserving of our lakefront land?  Outtakes of his movies?

Here's the official mumbo jumbo from the collection itself:

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of moving images – from illustration to cinema to the digital mediums of the future. The museum’s seed collection – a gift from founder George Lucas – spans a century-and-a-half and features the images and the mediums that have profoundly shaped our cultural heritage. The foundational collection will continue to grow and evolve as the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art acquires more works.

So what makes this collection worthy of space on our Lake Michigan coastline?  Other than Tiny Dancer's re-election?  ("I brought the Lucas Museum to Chicago, you rubes!  Re-elect me, re-elect me, re-elect me!")

Why didn't Lucas just make a deal with our own--and well thought of--Facets Multi-Media?  I think his museum on some empty land somewhere else in the city might be a nice addition to the Chicago film scene.

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