Michael Govan, the CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), will join KCET's Val Zavala in discussion live at KCET studios on Monday, November 21 at 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time. Michael Govan will share his vision and strategies for establishing LACMA as a truly democratic, 21st Century museum. Govan will discuss the changes to LACMA enacted over the last decade, ranging from the museum’s visual identity and exhibition program to its recent initiatives in the worlds of film, technology, and social media. He will also address the evolving roles and responsibilities of museums in the 21st century, and how the new building project on the east campus of LACMA, slated to open in 2023, advances his mission to make LACMA a truly global museum. Follow KCET on Facebook to watch the live stream and to submit questions for Michael Govan.
About Michael Govan
Michael Govan is the CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Since coming to LACMA in 2006 he has overseen the transformation of the 20-acre campus with buildings by Renzo Piano and monumental artworks by Chris Burden, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Barbara Kruger, and others. At LACMA, Govan has pursued his vision of contemporary artists and architects interacting with the museum’s historic collections, as evidenced by exhibition and gallery designs in collaboration with artists John Baldessari, Jorge Pardo, and Franz West, and architects Frank O. Gehry, Fred Fisher, Michael Maltzan, and others. Under his leadership, the museum has acquired more than 27,000 works for the permanent collection, by donation or purchase.
From 1994 to 2005, Govan was president and director of Dia Art Foundation in New York, where he spearheaded the creation of Dia:Beacon. From 1988 to 1994, he was deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and worked with Guggenheim branches in New York, Venice, and Bilbao. Prior to that Govan helped found MASS MoCA while at Williams College, where he studied art history and fine art.