|Ecstasy (c.1929) Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)|
In addition to illustration, the museum's holding include visual effects materials, concept art, comics, and animation. There's no other museum quite like it, and it defines narrative art as the full expression of the art of storytelling in popular culture, including "the evolution of the visual image from illustration to cinema to digital arts."
This is the very area overlooked by most mainstream art museums. With the exhibitions, publications, and scholarship that the LMNA is likely to bring to the table, they can do much to elevate the art of popular culture, and to change the way the history of art in the twentieth century is taught and understood.