Jacqueline and David Sacks’ Event for George Lucas

George Lucas, David Sacks
Bay Area Treasure Chair Jacqueline Sacks, SFMOMA director Neal Benezra, George Lucas, Mellody Hobson, and David Sacks

This year SFMOMA’s Modern Art Council is honoring legendary filmmaker George Lucas with its Bay Area Treasure Award. The award is given annually to recognize local creative leaders who have redefined the field of visual art.

In celebration of the awards ceremony and dinner which takes place on October 24, 2013, Jacqueline and David Sacks hosted a party at Yammer Headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco.

After Jacqueline Sacks introduced him to guests, calling him “incredibly talented and inspirational,” Lucas spoke about his appreciation of receiving the award, noting “It’s a great honor to be honored!”

“I’m a big fan of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and I love all the art — some of it more than others, and some maybe not so much,” he said. “But art is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s great to get a wide variety of art, and have museums that show as much different kinds of art as possible.”

“I have a deep love of art and a deep love of museums, and I think they’re a pivotal part of any society, and always have been for thousands of years,” he added. “A society really can be measured by the quality of its museums and educational institutions.”

The award comes at a time when Lucas is being revered not just by “Star Wars” fans and film geeks, but by the wider artistic community. Professor Camille Paglia recently caused a stir when she boldly called Lucas “the greatest artist of our time,” in her new book “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars,” which ends with a chapter devoted to his work.

“It’s a pleasure that, as a cinematic artist, we’re getting a little bit of recognition in San Francisco,” says Lucas.

Lucas will surely have more to say about his career, and the state of the arts, when he takes part in an onstage talk at the October 24th dinner, where he’ll be interviewed by SFMOMA’s Rudolf Frieling and Dominic Willsdon. Tickets can be purchased at www.sfmoma.org