Prior to LACMA, Mr. Govan was president and director of Dia Art Foundation in New York City, where he spearheaded the creation of the critically acclaimed Dia:Beacon. Prior to the Dia Art Foundation, he served as the Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where his work extended to Guggenheim branches in New York, Venice, and Bilbao.
Most cultural institutions are struggling in this economic downturn. Fortunately, LACMA has enough steady support from the county and its patrons to maintain most of our planned programs, including major exhibitions of Renoir, American masterpieces, photography, and contemporary art. And thanks to the generosity of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, we will open our new Renzo Piano-designed exhibition pavilion in September 2010. In this economic downturn, it is even more important to invest in cultural and civic projects that can be shared by all and reflect the indefatigable creative spirit of Los Angeles.