Michael Govan + Annabelle Selldorf
Michael Govan and Annabelle Selldorf discuss the “ideal” environment for art.
Michael Govan joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director in 2006. In this role, he oversees all activities of the museum, including art programming and the Transformation campaign, an ambitious, multi-faceted building project that is expanding, upgrading, and unifying the museum’s eight-building, twenty acre campus. As part of Transformation, Mr. Govan has additionally orchestrated the commission and installation of the artist projects that dot the museum’s campus, from Chris Burden’s Urban Light (2008), Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Shafted) (2008), Robert Irwin’s evolving palm garden, and most recently Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass (2012). From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Govan was President and Director of Dia Art Foundation based in New York City, where he spearheaded the creation of the critically acclaimed Dia:Beacon. Before that, Mr. Govan served for six years as Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 65-person architectural practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm has worked on a wide range of public and private projects, and recently completed the renovation of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown as well as a new recycling center on the Brooklyn waterfront. Other commissions include a 30,000 sq.-ft. addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Luma Arles, a new center for contemporary art in France. In 2006, the firm completed the interior architecture for the Urban Glass House, a condominium building in Manhattan considered Philip Johnson’s last residential project. Born and raised in Germany, Selldorf came to the United States to study architecture and received degrees from Pratt Institute and Syracuse University. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation.
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