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Dia Art Foundation President to Deliver Rogow Lecture


Posted 10/17/2005
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Michael Govan will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Tuesday.© 2003 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Michael Govan will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Tuesday.© 2003 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Michael Govan, president and director of Dia Art Foundation, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in Lincoln Theater. His talk will launch this fall's Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Program.

Prior to the lecture, the university will present Govan with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be obtained by calling the university box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.

Dia Art Foundation, founded in 1974, plays a vital role among visual arts organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism.

Govan led the planning and development of Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries, a museum for Dia's renowned permanent collection of contemporary art. The museum opened in May 2003 in a 300,000-square-foot former industrial building in Beacon, N.Y., a Hudson River Valley town 60 miles north of New York City.

Before joining Dia, Govan served as deputy director at New York's Guggenheim Museum. He has organized and collaborated on major exhibitions, and has written or contributed to related publications. He co-curated Dan Flavin: A Retrospective, an exhibition that opened in the fall of 2004 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and also traveled to national and international venues.

Govan is also an ex-officio member of Dia's board of trustees and is a member of the boards of the Andy Warhol Museum and the Triple Aught Foundation.

Michael Govan will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Tuesday.© 2003 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Michael Govan will receive an honorary degree and deliver a lecture on Tuesday.© 2003 Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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