Summer Programming 2017 Press Release

For Immediate Release Friday, May 19, 2017

 

THE MAIN PRESENTS SUMMER 2017 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Programs include an exhibition walk-through with artist Star Montana; a panel on how to best support artists with Davida Nemeroff, Megan Steinman, Mary Clare Stevens, and Mario Ybarra Jr.; an afternoon of Black femme performances organized by artists Sarah Gail Armstrong and Jasmine Nyende; a performative reading of Senator Elizabeth Warren's attempt to read the 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King against then Senator Jeff Sessions; a sketching workshop with Alice Könitz; and a series of site-specific open rehearsals and a performance by Mecca Vazie Andrews

Photo by Elon Schoenholz.

Photo by Elon Schoenholz.

LOS ANGELES—The Main announced today its summer season of public programming, which will include artist conversations and performances. As an institution devoted to the art and artists of Los Angeles, The Main’s programming pulls in a cross-section of voices from the community to create dynamic programming that focuses on major contemporary issues and provides a space for both dialogue and reflection.

Throughout the summer, programs will incorporate artist Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, on view through July 23. Könitz’s modular seating designed for Beta Main will be continuously rearranged and integrated to serve functions unique for each event. The seating will continually transition from being props for performance, a stage for conversation, the object for drawings, and the site for rest and viewing.

“The core principal of Beta Main—the initial gallery space we opened while we continue construction on the rest of the museum—is to be a space for testing and learning as we create The Main,” said Agsten. “Working with Alice’s furniture in the space, not just as gallery seating, but also as pieces that integrate into our public programming, is just one way we are experimenting with new models in museum and programming seating that push beyond the standard white gallery bench.”

The program opens with an artist-led exhibition walk-through of Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles by Star Montana on May 20. In this intimate gallery talk, Montana will share the stories behind her portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers in East L.A. and South L.A. The exhibition Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles is on view through July 23.

On May 31, Allison Agsten, director of The Main, and Victoria Rogers, director of Arts at Kickstarter, moderate How to Support Artists Now a panel discussion with arts leaders who will share how each of their organizations are working to be more responsive to artists' needs--collectively and individually. Following a brief overview of each organization, the speakers will discuss additional models of support and visibility, and what more arts organizations can do to provide aid for artists. The conversation will conclude with a Q&A. The speakers include Davida Nemeroff, artist and owner of Night Gallery; Megan Steinman, director of The Underground Museum; Mary Clare Stevens, executive director at the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts; and Mario Ybarra Jr., artist and co-founder of Slanguage.

Hue, a curatorial duo of artists Sarah Gail Armstrong and Jasmine Nyende, present their debut project Writing Herself on July 3. Their commissioned program brings together Black femme artists and writers, including Dove A., Essence Harden, Charmaine Bee, Sarah Gail Armstrong, Chinwe Okona, Jasmine Nyende, and Chella Coleman.for an afternoon of readings and performances centered around self-creation and expression.

as·sem·ble: a performative reading on July 7 explores the confrontation between Senator Elizabeth Warren and the Senate, which was assembled to debate the nomination of then Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general, on Feb. 7, 2017. Senator Warren attempted to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King, which accused Sessions of using "the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens." Before she could finish, the Senate formally silenced Warren. Through the arrangement and placing of Alice Könitz's Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs currently on view at Beta Main, the performance and reading by artists and activists will incorporate Warren's full remarks, King's letter, poetry, and music from Arash Saedinia. Following the performance, Persian food, wine, and other beverages will be served for all to enjoy together.

With sketching foundational to Alice Könitz’s practice, she drafted dozens of potential seating configurations each with a unique function to consider the forms of her latest modular work. On June 10, Könitz leads a sketching workshop in, on, and around her commissioned sculptural seating, Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs. Several of Könitz’s drawings have been compiled in an artist book, Circle Chairs, Triangle Chairs, available onsite at Beta Main’s shop. This volume marks the launch of The Main’s publications program which will manifest in small-sized books, each uniquely representing the essence of an exhibition without the total approach typical of a museum catalogue.

Beta Main presents a site-specific performance series by Mecca Vazie Andrews leading with two open rehearsals on July 14 and July 15 that will culminate in a final performance Title X V. 1 on July 16. Andrews, artistic director of the MOVEMENT movement, activates Beta Main’s gallery space through dance and multimedia performance. Responding to the artworks currently on view in Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles as well as Alice Konitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, Andrews engenders a conversation between both that explores migration and connectivity in a new cultural age.


ABOUT THE MAIN MUSEUM

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. For more information on The Main and to sign up for updates, please visit themainmuseum.org

ABOUT BETA MAIN

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.


THE MAIN MUSEUM SUMMER 2017 PROGRAMMING – FULL LISTINGS

Artist Walk-through: Star Montana
Saturday, May 20 | 1–2 p.m.
Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Admission is free; RSVP at
themainmuseum.org/program/artist-walk-through-star-montana 

 In this intimate gallery talk, Star Montana will share the stories behind her portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers in East L.A. and South L.A.

Learn more about the exhibition Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles at themainmuseum.org/exhibition/star-montana-i-dream-of-los-angeles

How to Support Artists Now
Wednesday, May 31 | 8–10 p.m.
Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Co-presented with Artadia and Kickstarter
Admission is free; RSVP at
themainmuseum.org/program/how-to-support-artists-now

 How can organizations better support artists? Allison Agsten, director of The Main Museum, and Victoria Rogers, director of arts at Kickstarter, moderate a panel of arts leaders who will share how each of their organizations are working to be more responsive to artists’ needs—collectively and individually. Following brief overviews of each organization, the speakers will discuss what more can be done, including additional resources of support and visibility. The conversation will conclude with a Q&A.

Participants are:

  • Davida Nemeroff, artist and owner of Night Gallery
  • Megan Steinman, director of The Underground Museum
  • Mary Clare Stevens, executive director at the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts
  • Mario Ybarra Jr., artist and co-founder of Slanguage

Writing Herself
Saturday, June 3 | 4–7 p.m.
Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Admission is free; RSVP at
themainmuseum.org/program/writing-herself

Writing Herself brings together Black femme artists and writers for an afternoon of readings and performance centered around self-creation and expression. Readers, in order of performance, include: Dove A., Chinwe Okona, Essence Harden, Chella Coleman, Charmaine Bee, Jasmine Nyende, and Sarah Gail Armstrong.

This program is the debut project from Hue, a curatorial collaboration between artists Sarah Gail Armstrong and Jasmine Nyende that holds space for Black femme artists to share their art and foster community.

as·sem·ble: a performative reading
Wednesday, June 7 | 8–10 p.m.
Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Admission is free; RSVP at
themainmuseum.org/program/assemble-a-performative-reading

assemble əˈsembəl/ 1) to put together separate pieces to form a single functional whole; and 2) to form a body that represents the people who have delegated their voice through the vote; 3) in society, and through the ages, to come together for a pleasure, comfort, and nourishment

On Feb. 7, 2017, the United States Senate convened to debate the nomination of then Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general. During the proceedings, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King, which accused Sessions of using “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” Before she could finish, the Senate formally silenced Warren.

Join us for a performance and reading by artists and activists incorporating Warren’s full remarks, King’s letter, poetry, music from Arash Saedinia, and Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, currently on view at Beta Main. Following the performance, Persian food, wine, and other beverages will be served for all to enjoy together.

Sketching with Alice Könitz
Saturday, June 10 | 3–4 p.m.
Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Admission is free; RSVP at themainmuseum.org/program/sketching-with-alice-konitz

In considering the forms of her modular work, Alice Könitz sketched dozens of potential seating configurations. Join Könitz for a guided afternoon of sketching in, on, and around her sculptural seating. Several of Könitz’s drawings have been compiled in an artist book, Circle Chairs, Triangle Chairs, available onsite at Beta Main’s shop. This volume marks the launch of The Main’s publications program which will manifest in small-sized books, each uniquely representing the essence of an exhibition without the total approach typical of a museum catalogue.

We will have supplies on hand, but participants may also bring their own materials. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Learn more about Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs, Triangle Chairs at themainmuseum.org/exhibition/circle-chairs-triangle-chairs

Mecca Vazie Andrews: Open Rehearsal
Friday, July 14 | 1–4 p.m.

Saturday, July 15 | 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Admission is free; no RSVP is required

Experience the creative process as Mecca Vazie Andrews, artistic director of the MOVEMENT movement, prepares for Title X V. 1, a site-specific performance taking place at Beta Main on Sunday, July 16. Over the two days leading up to Title X V. 1, visitors are encouraged to drop-in, watch, and engage with Andrews as she explores the concept of migration through movement.

Performance: Mecca Vazie Andrews: Title X V. 1
Sunday, July 16 | 4–6 p.m.

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013
Admission is free; RSVP at themainmuseum.org/program/performance-mecca-vazie-andrews-title-x-v-1

Mecca Vazie Andrews, artistic director of the MOVEMENT movement, activates Beta Main’s gallery space through dance and multimedia performance. Responding to the artworks currently on view in Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles as well as Alice Konitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, Andrews engenders a conversation between both that explores migration and connectivity in a new cultural age.

 

Media Contact: Alex Capriotti, alex@themainmuseum.org

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