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March 13, 2018

LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan speaks with photographer Vera Lutter about her ongoing artist residency at the museum.

Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, talks with acclaimed author Walter Isaacson about his new book on Leonardo da Vinci based on thousands of pages from the artist’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work.

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LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Michael Govan, talks with art collector, actor, director, writer, musician, and humanitarian, Cheech Marin about developing the finest private collection of Chicano art and his efforts to "bring the term Chicano to the forefront of the art world."

 
 

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November 30, 2017

Oscar-winning director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” as well as LACMA’s 2015 Art+Film Gala honoree, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, speaks with LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan about  CARNE y ARENA,   currently on display at the museum.

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January 9, 2018

Michael Govan talks with W. Richard West, Jr., president and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West, about an innovative partnership between LACMA and the Autry. Inspired by both museums’ renowned and complementary collections—spanning from the ancient to the contemporary, and including art of the ancient Americas at LACMA and the Autry's native North American cultural materials—the partnership will facilitate collections sharing, curatorial collaborations, scholarly research, and thoughtful programming. Govan and West discuss this new initiative and the evolving, increasingly collaborative approach of museums in the 21st century.


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LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Michael Govan talks with Ford Foundation President, Darren Walker about civic engagement and the power of art and creative expression to transform communities. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Walker one of “The 100 Most Influential People” for moving one of the nation’s largest foundations toward the goal of conquering inequality. The Ford Foundation’s efforts to dispel inequity range from reducing mass incarceration to promoting social justice storytelling through art, film, and investigative journalism. The discussion touched on a range of the Foundation’s initiatives as well as the ways art and artists are becoming catalysts in transforming cities and communities.


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Renzo Piano, the architect behind the Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, BCAM and the BP Pavilion, talks with director Michael Govan about his work. [1:17:33]


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On April 28, 2014 Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan and Light and Space pioneer Helen Pashgian took part in a public conversation about Pashgian's career as a sculptor. The discussion traces the artist's influences, exploration of materials, and the new sculptural forms she has created specifically for this exhibition. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible.


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On February 18, 2014, Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan talks with E.C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory, about the intersection of art and science.


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On February 24, 2015 LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan and artist Thomas Demand about Demand’s film installation, Pacific Sun, a joint acquisition by LACMA and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Consisting of 2,400 frames that capture the artist’s meticulous recreation of YouTube footage of a cruise ship struggling in the midst of a violent storm, the work reveals Demand’s interest in opposing reality with the artificial. Demand’s earlier works dating from the early 1990s were also discussed, illuminating his cross-disciplinary practice spanning sculpture, architecture, photography, and film.


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LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan speaks with architect David Adjaye about his diverse projects, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture,to libraries in London and the District of Columbia, and the Sugar Hill development in Harlem for low-income and formerly homeless residents. Adjaye’s work is noted for responding to community needs and capturing a sense “place and identity.” 


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LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan talks to Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, about the future of the encyclopedic museum including the growth of collections, new construction, the engagement of contemporary artists, and community outreach. 


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Summer Soft Orange YY Hollow Platform Out Walking Rui Sneakers Women's Breathable Pritzker Prize–winning architect Shigeru Ban speaks at LACMA about recent projects and his work creating temporary housing for disaster victims—structures that have earned him a reputation as one of the most innovative thinkers in his field.


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Artist and designer of the Art of the Ancient Americas galleries [1:08:05].


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Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director with artists Edgar Arceneaux and Mario Ybarra, Jr. discuss Watts House Project—an artist-driven urban revitalization project led by Arceneaux that focuses on the area immediately surrounding Watts Towers. Collaborating with Arceneaux and the Project, LACMA has commissioned artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. to participate in an artistic intervention at one of the homes across from the Towers.


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On film preservation, museums and Hollywood. [1:11:18]


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Michael Govan talks with National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman about the NEA's agenda, including the Our Town grants that provide more than $6.5 million in funding to support the arts as an integral part of revitalizing communities. The discussion explores the NEA’s recent research on arts engagement, the impact of declining art education on public participation in the arts, and Chairman Landesman’s interest in theater and country music. The NEA is the largest national annual funder of the arts in the U.S.


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Robert Irwin, the artist behind the Palm Garden at LACMA, talks about aesthetics, art in Southern California, and his past and present projects with Michael Govan [1:35:41].


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On June 3, 2013, Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan and architect Peter Zumthor took part in a public conversation. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA.


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On June 5, 2013, Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan and Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fiske Kimball Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, took part in a public conversation about rethinking the encyclopedic museum. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA.


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