The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents, "Art & Its Environment: From Land Art to Moving Megaliths through Los Angeles," a lecture with Michael Govan on Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. The museum opens at 4 p.m. Come early as seating is limited.

As part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's transformation, Govan orchestrated the commission and installation of the artist projects that dot the museum's campus, beginning with Chris Burden's Urban Light (2008), Robert Irwin's evolving palm garden and most recently Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass (2012). In 2008, Govan was selected as one of Esquire Magazine's 75 most influential people.

Govan joined 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, 20-acre campus.

Since Govan's arrival at LACMA, he has realized his vision of contemporary artists interacting with the museum's historic collections, as evidenced by John Baldessari's installation of the exhibition Magritte and Contemporary Art; Jorge Pardo's innovative gallery design for the museum's permanent collection of ancient Latin American art; and Franz West's installation design for an exhibition of the museum's recently acquired collection of art of the Pacific Islands.

From 1994 to 2006, Govan was president and director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York City, where he spearheaded the creation of the critically acclaimed 292,000-square-foot Dia: Beacon, a museum in New York's Hudson Valley that houses Dia's renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Dia's collection itself nearly doubled in size during Govan's tenure. Prior to Dia Art Foundation, Govan served for six years as deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Govan holds a B.A. in Art History from Williams College, in Williamstown, Mass., where he served as Acting Curator of the Williams College Museum of Art and, in 1986, organized the exhibition Picasso and Rembrandt. Before continuing his studies at the University of San Diego, he studied Renaissance art in Italy.

Free admission with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, visit UNM Art Museum or call (505) 277-4001.