LACMA taps new co-chairs

Elaine Wynn and Antony Ressler are elected to lead the board of trustees.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By David Ng

Elaine Wynn and Antony Ressler have been elected as the new board co-chairs of the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art, of­fi­cials an­nounced Thurs­day. They suc­ceed An­drew Bran­don-Gor­don and Terry Semel, who will re­main on the mu­seum board with the ti­tle cochairs emer­iti.

Wynn joined LACMA’s board of trustees in 2011 and is an ac­tive art col­lec­tor. She was the re­ported buyer in 2013 of the $142.4-mil­lion Fran­cis Ba­con trip­tych paint­ing of Lu­cian Freud — then a record sum for a paint­ing sold at auc­tion.

She and her for­mer hus­band, Steve Wynn, co­founded Wynn Re­sorts, the ho­tel and casino em­pire. Elaine Wynn had re­mained ac­tive with the com­pany since the cou­ple split in 2010, but this year, she ex­ited the board fol­low­ing an in­ter­nal bat­tle.

Wynn is also a phi­lan­thropist in var­i­ous fields and re­ceived a pres­i­den­tial ap­point­ment to the Kennedy Cen­ter’s board of trustees in 2010.

Ressler has served on LACMA’s board for the last decade and is the co-founder of the fi­nan­cial firm Ares Man­age­ment. He has served as vice chair of LACMA’s board and co-chair of its fi­nance com­mit­tee.

He also serves as a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the board of di­rec­tors of the Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter and as a board mem­ber of Georgetown Univer­sity.

Bran­don-Gor­don is a part­ner at Gold­man Sachs, while Semel is a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at Warner Bros. and Ya­hoo.

LACMA’s board has 53 vot­ing trustees. In a pre­pared state­ment, Wynn and Ressler said, “We are grate­ful to LACMA’s board for their sup­port of this in­sti­tu­tion and for the faith they have put in us as we take on this re­spon­si­bil­ity and op­por­tu­nity.”

The mu­seum marked its 50th an­niver­sary this year with a gala cel­e­bra­tion in April. It also has an­nounced ma­jor gifts of art from trustees and other sup­port­ers.

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