Zocalo panel brings together directors of Getty, LACMA and Hammer

Zocalo panel brings together directors of Getty, LACMA and Hammer
Timothy Potts, the new head of the Getty Museum, is scheduled to join other museum leaders for a downtown panel Friday. (Robert LaPrelle / Kimbell Art Museum)

Tuesday is Timothy Potts’ first day on the job as the new director of the Getty Museum, a post that went vacant for nearly two years. Friday he will make his first public appearance, joining LACMA director Michael Govan and Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin for a panel on the changing shape of L.A.’s art museums.

The panel will take place downtown in Grand Park at 6 p.m. as part of Zócalo's "town square"-style conversations. Up for discussion: the state of cultural philanthropy in L.A., the challenges of engaging local audiences, and next steps for the museums, each of which has grown significantly — and faced serious growing pains — in the last 10 years.


MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch declined to participate, but some of the issues that have plagued MOCA this summer are sure to inform the discussion.

I will be the moderator. Are there any particular questions or topics you'd like the museum directors to address?  If so, please comment below or send questions to jori.finkel@latimes.com.

For more information on the event, which is free to the public and then podcast online, visit the Zócalo website.