About The Main Museum
 The Main Museum entrance

The Main Museum is a new art museum under development in Downtown Los Angeles. The Main is dedicated to engaging 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.

Throughout all phases of the museum’s development, which includes exhibitions, artist residencies, and public programs, The Main will continue to refine its vision and methods as it learns from the community, artists, experimentation, and Downtown Los Angeles.

The Main is located within the historic Hellman Building which was constructed between 1903 and 1906. The space features high ceilings, original columns and tile-work, and windows looking out to 4th Street, and is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 7pm when exhibitions are on view. Free admission always.

The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art is an exempt, non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3).

Allison Agsten is the Director of The Main Museum. 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. As the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Broad, Capriotti managed the museum’s brand and public presence, the internationally-recognized visitor services program, and served 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. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Monica Rodriguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a practicing artist and works as the Curatorial Associate of The Main Museum. She received a BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program from 2012 to 2013. Through the use of a variety of media including drawings, sculpture, photographs, and videos, her work experiments and deconstructs archival historical materials in order to put into question the ways in which information is exchanged and historical narratives constructed. Rodriguez has participated in group exhibitions at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; 19th Contemporary Art Festival Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Tamaulipas, Mexico; Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany; and other venues. In addition to her curatorial work at The Main, Rodriguez has also organized exhibitions in a variety of alternative project spaces in Puerto Rico and 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.


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The Main Museum es un nuevo museo de arte en desarrollo en el centro de Los Ángeles. The Main está dedicado a interesar al público en las ideas más importantes de nuestro tiempo a través del arte que se realiza Los Ángeles. Al enfocarse en un programa de residencias para artistas en vez de una colección, The Main le otorga importancia a lxs artistas y a sus obras y apoya las diversas prácticas artísticas de lxs artistas basados en Los Ángeles, en todas las etapas de sus carreras.

A lo largo de todas las fases de desarrollo del museo, que incluye exposiciones, residencias de artistas y programas públicos, The Main continuará refinando su visión y sus métodos a medida que va aprendiendo acerca de la comunidad, lxs artistas, la experimentación y el centro de Los Ángeles.

The Main está localizado en el histórico edificio Hellman, construido entre el 1903 y 1906. Las características principales del espacio son techos altos, columnas, azulejos originales y un ventanal que da a  calle cuarta (4th Street). Está abierto al público de miércoles a domingo de 12 a 7 p.m. cuando contamos con exhibiciones.  La entrada es gratis.

The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art es una organización sin fines de lucro 501(c)3.