UC Irvine Selects North Campus Site for Museum
|James Swinnerton, Sunset in Monument Valley, about 1988. The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine|
UC Irvine will build its Jack and Shanaz Langston Institute and Museum of California Art on Campus Drive near Jamboree Road. This will not be the center-of-campus museum envisioned in architect William Pereira's 1962 master plan. The chosen site is about 2 miles—a brisk 40 minute hike—from the main part of campus. The so-called North Campus location on Jamboree Road will be adjacent to a new medical complex and may give the museum greater visibility to those outside the UCI community.
The Langston IMCA is to hold the collections of 20th-century landscapes and California modernism and contemporary art assembled by Joan Irvine Smith and Gerald Buck, respectively.
An architect is expected to be named in mid 2023, and construction may begin in late 2024 to early 2025—all subject to the elastic timelines of museum projects.
|Lorser Feitelson, Magical Space Forms, 1952. Buck Collection at University of California, Irvine|