The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art is a new institution focused on L.A. art and artists. With a residency program at its center rather than a collection, The Main situates artists prominently and supports their continued engagement within the city's evolving landscape.
When complete, The Main will unfold across three historic buildings in Downtown Los Angeles — the Farmers & Merchants Bank, the Hellman Building, and the Bankhouse Garage. It will include a variety of exhibition galleries, studio spaces for an artists' residency program, a rooftop sculpture garden, amphitheater, a café and a restaurant.
The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art is an exempt, non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3).
Beta Main is a test site for The Main that will run in tandem with the development of the rest of the museum. By way of Beta’s programs, exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with the community, The Main will learn by doing, refining its vision and methods to make the greatest positive impact as a cultural catalyst in 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, Executive Committee member of Central City Association, Executive Committee member of 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.
Tom Wiscombe, AIA is Principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice. His iconic work stands out in terms of its mysterious figural features, its alluring graphic qualities, and its tectonic inventiveness. He was recently honored with AIA Design Awards for The Main Museum, as well as for his design for the Kinmen Port Terminal. His work is part of the permanent collection of the FRAC Centre Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New York. Wiscombe is Chair of the Bachelor of Arts Program at SCI-Arc, where he has taught for more than 10 years. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. He completed his BA in Architecture at UC Berkeley and received his Masters of Architecture from UCLA. Previously, Wiscombe worked for Coop Himmelblau, where he was Chief Designer for BMW Welt, Munich, the Lyon Museum of Confluences, and the Dresden Cinema Center.