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New Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum in limelight at Oscars

Construction has begun new Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard.
Construction has begun new Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard.
Photo by Max Donner

Until now, most of the attention paid to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum came from the museum community and the select supporters who have attended the launch events which began last year. This year’s Oscar Awards ceremony focused global attention on the much anticipated addition to the Los Angeles museum scene. When Academy of Motion Picture Arts President Cheryl Boone Isaacs addressed the talent in the Dolby Theater and the hundreds of millions of fans watching around the world, she spoke glowingly of the museum project and heralded it as the most important priority for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts in her vision of its future.

The new Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum has started construction on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard, across the street from the Peterson Automotive Museum. The $300 million project is slated to open in 2017. Its plans for an iconic glass dome at the site designed by architect Renzo Piano have already dazzled leaders in the world of architecture.

The Managing Director of the Academy Museum, Heather Cochran, is one of the few MBA’s in the museum field. Cochran graduated from the Wharton School of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts ten years ago to begin planning of the long anticipated museum project. Her current agenda focuses on optimization of economic feasibility, financial modeling, environmental approvals, sustainability, community relations, strategic communications, and marketing strategy. Cochran also works as the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Museum professionals can get regular updates on the progress of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum and plans for future exhibitions by signing up for the new Academy Museum Insider Newsletter. It is free and all the subscription information is at this link. You can also follow the Academy on LinkedIn at this link. Of course, the new museum will have to hire hundreds of talented professionals as curators, archivists, installation staff, event co-ordinators, fundraisers, and in other museum functions. So if you have had your eyes on a future career at a major museum, plan to stay informed of upcoming opportunities with these regular reports.