The Main Museum's mission is to engage the public with the most important ideas of our time through the art of Los Angeles. With a residency program at its center rather than a collection, The Main forefronts artists in its work and supports wide-ranging practices from artists at all stages in their careers.
When complete, The Main will include a variety of exhibition galleries, additional studio spaces for its artist residency program, a rooftop plaza including an amphitheater and cafe, and a restaurant.
The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art is an exempt, non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3).
True to its name, Beta Main is a space for testing and learning in anticipation of the creation of The Main. Throughout all phases of The Main’s development, which includes exhibitions, artist residencies, and public programs mounted by Beta Main, the institution will continue to refine its vision and methods as it learns from the community, artists, experimentation, and Downtown Los Angeles.
Allison Agsten is Director of The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art. Previously, as Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum, she led a pioneering program devoted to creating an exchange between visitors and the museum through works of art. Agsten also oversaw the museum’s artist board, initiated the Hammer’s visitor services department, and organized a major offsite partnership with Art + Practice, an art and social services non-profit in south L.A. Prior to her time at the Hammer, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), spearheading a number of projects related to accessibility including Reading Room, a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online. Prior to joining LACMA, Agsten covered the arts as a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau.
Alex Capriotti is the Deputy Director of The Main Museum. Capriotti was a key member of the founding staff of The Broad, a contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles that opened in September 2015 and welcomed over 820,000 visitors in its annual year. As the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Broad, Capriotti managed the museum’s brand and public presence including advertising, public relations, ticketing, online communications and social media, community and government relations, and the internationally-recognized visitor services program, while also serving as the museum’s spokeswoman. She was previously the Director of Marketing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and started her museum career at the Skirball Cultural Center. Capriotti has served on the boards of the California Association of Museums and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and is the former President of SoCal Museums, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting museums in Southern California and fostering dialogue between museum marketing and communications professionals. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Tom Gilmore is a downtown Los Angeles-based developer of residential and commercial properties whose early projects in the city's historic core led to the largest resurgence of real estate investment and development the city has experienced in nearly a century. In 1998, Gilmore and co-founder Jerri Perrone formed an independent development firm, Gilmore Associates, to embark upon the redevelopment of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles. Since their first historic building opened to residents in 2000, more than 60,000 residents now call downtown LA home, and more than $5 billion in residential, business, entertainment and arts projects have been introduced to the city center. Tom Gilmore's commitment to the civic identity of Los Angeles is evident in his roles as the former Commissioner Chair for the LA Homeless Services Authority, Chairman of Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Mayoral- appointee as Chairman of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Chairman of Central City Association, Board Member of the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, and Board member of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.
Jerri Perrone, a partner at Gilmore Associates, shares Gilmore’s vision of redeveloping abandoned and historic neighborhoods in Downtown Los Angeles. She has been involved in numerous acquisitions and redevelopment projects including the Farmers and Merchants National Bank, soon to become home to The Main Museum. Prior to joining Gilmore Associates, Perrone was Director of Asset Management for MetLife Realty Group in New York. She also managed the national portfolio of office and industrial properties for individual and commingled pension fund clients at Sentinel Real Estate Advisors in New York.