Thinking Out Of the Box

Director Michael Govan is taking an artist's eye to the reinvention of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Just hours before an international press event at Art Basel last June, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan faced unexpected trouble. The architectural model highlighting LACMA'S renovation and expansion plans had arrived in pieces. So Govan got some glue and tweezers and set to work. "He was extremely calm and concentrating on the task at hand," recalls friend John Elderfield, chief curator of painting and sculpture at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. "He may be the big-picture person, but he's also able to jump in and do it himself when necessary."

Govan, 44, solves problems...

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