January 17, 2009 |
These days, one of Michael Govan's private pleasures, flying a single-engine prop plane, gives him a useful perspective on the challenges of his public role: piloting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art during a time of economic turbulence. "I know head winds when I see them or feel them," he says. With the 1979 Beechcraft Bonanza he keeps at Santa Monica Airport, Govan has the option of waiting out bad weather. With LACMA, he has to keep airborne and on course no matter what: The museum is about midway through a multipronged, multimillion-dollar "Transformation."
January 22, 2010 |
Never underestimate the power of Martin Scorsese to galvanize a room full of movie buffs. The director drew cheers and standing ovations when he appeared Wednesday evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to discuss the fate of the institution's imperiled weekend film program. The discussion with LACMA director Michael Govan covered film-preservation and museum topics. But many attendees expressed frustration over the lack of a clear statement about the 40-year-old screening series, which the museum has said would end in June.
June 4, 2006 |
THREE days into his tenure as director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, at 5 a.m., Michael Govan found the painting to hang behind his desk. It's a blue-hued composition from 1992 by artist Mark Tansey, two daring young men on a hilltop with a flying machine about 100 years ago. Except that these guys are not the Wright brothers. They're the painters who created Cubism, and the work's title is "Braque and Picasso."
May 15, 2011 |
Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, crouched in the pit of a stone quarry in Riverside. Wearing black jeans and a brown sports coat, he dragged a finger through the sandy floor to draw the northern edge of the LACMA campus. On a key spot in his ad hoc map, he placed a granite stone the size of an orange, meant to represent a rugged 340-ton boulder standing in the quarry behind him. If all goes according to plan, that boulder will make a seven-day journey in August from the quarry to the museum's Miracle Mile location on a specially designed 200-wheel truck.
March 18, 2012 |
Nicolas Berggruen travels more in three months than most people do in a lifetime. Dubbed "the homeless billionaire" because he prefers living out of five-star hotels to owning any homes, his business and nonprofit ventures this winter alone have taken him to Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, New Delhi and Zurich, with a side trip to Antarctica. So it's not entirely surprising to learn that Berggruen, who owns a Gulfstream IV, is not big on cars. "I can drive," said the energetic, boyish-looking 50-year-old.
September 2, 2009 |
After meeting for nearly three hours with a group of angry movie fans and professionals today, Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, said he was accelerating plans to replace the film program that is on the chopping block with a more expansive one -- but only if the museum can raise as much as $10 million in the next year. In an interview, Govan laid out for the first time a set of proposed budget figures for what he sees as a revamped film department at LACMA.