Brad Grey, the chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, has joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a member of the board of trustees.
Grey tells The Hollywood Reporter exclusively: “I am deeply honored to join the LACMA board of trustees. Having called Los Angeles my home for over 30 years and raising three children here, I have a great appreciation of how truly special this institution is. I have loved art for many years, both as a collector and a museumgoer.”
Grey says he was asked by LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan and board co-chair Terry Semel -- whom he calls “my old friend” -- to join the board, which brings the number of voting trustees to 54. “It is a privilege to have been asked by the leadership of this world-class institution to help support its future. LACMA’s extraordinary collection, its program and its long-term growth plans make this an exciting time to become involved, and I look forward to working with its exceptional group of trustees."
Govan, in a statement, called Grey a passionate art collector. Works in Grey’s collection include pieces by Miton Avery, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Lucien Freud, Patrick Heron, Edward Hopper, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Ed Ruscha and Cy Twombly.
The list of Hollywood players who serve on the board of LACMA include Willow Bay, Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick, producer Brian Grazer, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, Carole Bayer Sager, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Barbra Streisand, producer Steve Tisch and Wasserman Media Group chairman and CEO Casey Wasserman. Govan has been aggressive in bringing the entertainment industry into the fold and two years ago launched the highly successful Art+Film gala, of which Paramount has been a sponsor. Said Semel in a statement: “Historically the common wisdom in Los Angeles has been that the film industry and the art world do not mix well. I am glad to be a part of a museum board that has turned that notion upside down.”
Grey also serves on the executive board for medical sciences at UCLA, the board of councilors of the USC School of Cinema-Television, the board of directors of Project A.L.S. and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.