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LACMA, Michael Govan party in the Hamptons

July 28, 2010 | 10:39 am

Govan You can take the museum director out of the East Coast, but apparently you can't take the East Coast out of the museum director.

Over the recent weekend, Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, attended a party for the upcoming opening of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion at the museum's Wilshire Boulevard campus.

But if you wanted to rub elbows with Govan at this high-society affair, you would have had to book a flight to the Hamptons in New York, which is where the director and his pals celebrated the L.A. museum's high-profile achievement.

According to reports from New York Social Diary and ArtInfo, the party was hosted by David Bohnett, a LACMA trustee and a staple of the L.A. cultural scene, and his partner, actor Tom Gregory, at their home in Southampton. Also in attendance was artist Will Cotton, who recently appeared in an episode of Bravo's reality series "Work of Art," as well as Sotheby’s executive Lisa Dennison.

Govan attended the event with his wife, Katherine Ross, according to the reports. The dapper museum director lived and worked in New York before accepting his job at LACMA in 2006. He previously headed New York's Dia Art Foundation.

LACMA will hold a party closer to home on Sept. 25, when it hosts a gala to celebrate the fall opening of the Resnick Pavilion, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano.

-- David Ng

Photo: Michael Govan and Sotheby's Lisa Dennison at the recent LACMA party in the Hamptons. Credit: PatrickMcMullan.com / via New York Social Diary 

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