On Saturday, May 18th, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director, Michael Govan, spoke at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. His lecture focused on the artist Dan Flavin. The Norton Simon Museum had an exhibition on the artist at the time titled: “monument” on the survival of Mrs. Reppin: An Artwork by Dan Flavin. It was great to see and listen to Govan in person. What made his lecture really good was: 1) How down to earth Michael Govan is and 2) The lecture had a personal element to it because of Govan’s close friendship to the artist. Govan gave us insight on who Dan Flavin is as a person and an artist, his purpose in his art, his humanity and respect for artists across the spectrum, especially those whose lives ended on a tragic note. The lecture also showed Govan’s passion as a curator and his deep respect for his friend, Dan Flavin.
“Lecture: Dan Flavin: Maximalism” (Video via the Norton Simon Museum’s website):