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In reshaping LACMA, Michael Govan sets his sights on a new L.A.
In reshaping LACMA, Michael Govan sets his sights on a new L.A.

Michael Govan's field of dreams stretches far beyond the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which he wants to radically remake over the coming nine years. In a visit to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, the museum director outlined what he and LACMA's board aim to accomplish, how it might be done, and what some of the obstacles might be as they pursue plans to tear down four of the museum's seven buildings and replace them with one massive new one, an innovative one-level structure elevated by what Govan called five "legs of glass." Raising a 410,000-square-foot landmark building to propel LACMA through the 21st century would require an unprecedented...

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