Independent Curators International (ICI) has announced Michael Govan is the recipient of the 2015 Leo Award at the 40th Anniversary Benefit & Auction held by ICI this November.
The award is named after art dealer Leo Castelli, and honours contributions to the field as well as the support for contemporary artists. The award has had notable winners such as Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Dasha Zhukova. Govan has held several prominent leadership positions for over 25 years, and his current position as director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has allowed for the reputation of the museum on a global scale to be more diffused. Prior to this, he was the president and director of the Dia Art Foundation, establishing Dia:Beacon in the Hudson Valley, while developing the collection of the institution. The executive director of ICI, Renaud Proch, stated, “Michael Govan’s vision reflects ICI’s mission […] international in scope, supportive to artists and to curators, and focused on building institutions that connect people and fulfil the civic role of art.”
Independent Curators International was established in 1975, is responsible for producing exhibitions, events, publications, and research and training opportunities. It provides networking opportunities for emerging curators, artists and art spaces on an international scale.