October 23, 2010 |
Michael Govan will steer the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for at least six more years, under a contract renewal that quietly went into effect July 1. The museum didn't announce the renewal then, but it emerged Friday when LACMA posted its audited financial statements for 2009-10 on its website. Govan has been LACMA's director since April 1, 2006. Having completed his original contract, he collected a $1-million bonus agreed to when he was hired. Govan, 47, was traveling Friday and not available for comment.
January 21, 2011
LACMA official to leave The Los Angeles County Museum of Art said Thursday that Melody Kanschat, who has served as president and chief operating officer since 2005, will be stepping down from her position in May. Kanschat said in a statement that she was leaving the museum "to fully explore" her "own career interests. " The museum said it will implement its leadership transition plan in the next few months, reorganizing its administration under a team that will report to Michael Govan, who is the museum's director and chief executive.
June 22, 2010 |
There's an adage in the movie business that there's no such thing as bad publicity. But all the publicity, bad or otherwise, that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art received after it tried to eliminate its weekend film series last summer, then reversed itself after an outcry from cinema-lovers, hasn't greatly boosted attendance or advanced the museum's bid to raise $5 million or more for an endowment to cover the film program's costs. The protests that saved the program included director Martin Scorsese's open letter in The Times asserting the importance of movie screenings in a museum context.
November 22, 2005 |
With a closing rush, King Tut's tally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art reached 937,613 visitors, museum officials said Monday -- the second-largest audience for any museum exhibition after the 1.25 million who saw the touring display from the Boy King's tomb that came to the museum in 1978. "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" closed at midnight Sunday, ending a three-day marathon of round-the-clock viewing.
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August 8, 2009 |
In the wake of the disapproval that greeted last week's announcement that he was red-lighting the 40-year-old weekend film series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, museum director Michael Govan has some good news: Potential donors have stepped up, interested in helping underwrite the series. "If people didn't complain, we'd be in real trouble. It would mean people don't value film at the museum," Govan said Friday from New York, where he's vacationing. "The stir . . . has already resulted in calls from people who can lend a hand."
May 14, 2006 |
IN 1986, construction of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Japanese Pavilion was shut down for six weeks when excavation uncovered a major deposit of invertebrate fossils -- no surprise, given that the 23-acre Hancock Park property that includes LACMA and the county-owned Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits contains one of the richest Ice Age fossil sites in North America.