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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.