Sep. 28, 2017

The Main Museum Presents Dora De Larios: Other Worlds

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 28, 2017

THE MAIN MUSEUM PRESENTS

DORA DE LARIOS: OTHER WORLDS

Exhibition to feature work by Mexican American L.A. artist and will celebrate De Larios’s recently commissioned permanent installation at the museum’s entry; Other Worlds will inaugurate The Main’s new 2,750-square-foot mezzanine gallery

On view at Beta Main, the test site for The Main Museum

February 25May 13, 2018

Dora De Larios in her Culver City studio (photos by Christopher Sullivan)

Dora De Larios in her Culver City studio (photos by Christopher Sullivan)

LOS ANGELES—The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles presents Dora De Larios: Other Worlds, an exhibition highlighting the work of L.A. native and noted ceramist Dora De Larios, one the city’s most vital, yet under-recognized artists. Dora De Larios: Other Worlds showcases work from the artist’s six-decade-long career and will inaugurate the new 2,750-square-foot mezzanine gallery, marking one in a series of public openings tracking the ongoing evolution and completion of The Main. In advance of the exhibition, De Larios has been commissioned to create a large-scale permanent concrete work on the sidewalk in front of the museum. Dora De Larios: Other Worlds will be on view February 25–May 13, 2018, at Beta Main, test site for The Main Museum, and the newly commissioned concrete work to be unveiled later this fall.

De Larios grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of fine arts in ceramics and a minor in sculpture in 1957, a time when women, people of color, and ceramic artists were not highly visible in the art world. She operated outside of the gallery system by necessity, carving space for her and her work by starting Irving Place Studio, an independent studio practice, and through large-scale commissions in California, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Japan. Her identity as a Mexican-American woman in a male-dominated art world is deeply reflected in her concentration on and forefronting of the feminine form. De Larios’s work is also connected to Mexico, her ancestral home and a country she visited often as a child, and to Africa, Asia, and other places she has spent time in outside of her lifelong home of Los Angeles. Her ceramics often transcend earthly forms—mythological, goddess-like figures are frequent, and unplaceable, yet familiar animals are common in her works. At 83, De Larios remains active in her Culver City studio.

“We are delighted to bring the worlds of Dora De Larios to The Main. Not only is her work otherworldly and sublime, but I truly believe Dora herself is one of the city’s greatest treasures,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main. “To be able to welcome the public to our new mezzanine gallery with an exhibition of works by one of Los Angeles’s leading ceramists is a dream come true.”

New Mezzanine Gallery

The exhibition will be the first in the museum’s new 2,750-square-foot mezzanine gallery, which is currently under construction. In keeping with The Main’s goal to reveal the raw beauty of the historic Hellman building and efficiently use existing space, the museum is transforming space on the mezzanine level into an open-plan gallery with concrete floors, open ceilings, original intact brick walls, and 40 feet of glass windows overlooking the first-floor gallery. Visitors will access the space via a new steel staircase in the first-floor gallery.

Rendering of The Main’s new mezzanine gallery (courtesy of Land Office)

Rendering of The Main’s new mezzanine gallery (courtesy of Land Office)

The museum is working with Downtown L.A.–based architectural firm Land Office and principal architect Nora Gordon on the next phase of the museum’s development, which includes the new mezzanine gallery, an artist-in-residence studio complex featuring five studios, and staff offices. In October 2016, The Main opened the first Beta Main space, a 3,500-square-foot gallery on the ground floor level of the museum. The addition of the new mezzanine gallery will bring the museum’s current total square footage of public space to 6,250 square feet and total overall square footage to 11,500. The museum will continue to open additional spaces of its total 100,000-square-foot complex in phases over the coming years.

New Commission of Work by Dora De Larios

In advance of Dora De Larios: Other Worlds, the artist has been commissioned by The Main to create a large-scale permanent concrete work on the sidewalk in front of the museum. The piece will be produced in the distinct style of De Larios’s ceramic works translated into concrete. The design will include carvings of rolling clouds and the sun. Mandalas, or circles, are key motifs in De Larios’s work, alluding to her vivid first experience seeing the Aztec calendar as a child visiting Mexico City with her parents. The museum is currently working with De Larios to bring her vision and work to life. Fabrication and construction of the work will begin in October, with a public unveiling scheduled for later this year. 

A schedule of programs for the exhibition will be announced later this fall. Dora De Larios: Other Worlds is organized by Allison Agsten, director of The Main, with Monica Rodriguez, curatorial associate.  


DORA DE LARIOS

Dora De Larios is an American ceramist and sculptor who has been working with clay for more than 60 years. Born in Los Angeles in 1933 to Mexican immigrants, her heritage and relationship to pre-Columbian art is evident in her work, which embodies themes of spirituality, nature, and mythology. De Larios graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of fine art in ceramics and a minor in sculpture from the University of Southern California's School of Fine Art, where she studied under noted ceramists Vivika Heino, Otto Heino, and Susan Peterson. Over time, De Larios broadened her focus to include work in cast concrete, brass, stainless steel, acrylic, and wood, completing a variety of large-scale architectural commissions. Her ceramic sculptures were featured in three major exhibitions as part of the J. Paul Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time in 2011, and she was honored with a 50-year retrospective at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles in 2010. De Larios’s work is currently part of Found in Translation, a Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in LA (PST: LA/LA) exhibition at LACMA.

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, 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.


Media Contact: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Sep. 28, 2017

The Main Museum Presenta Dora De Larios: Other Worlds (Otros Mundos)

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Para publicación inmediata: Jueves, 28 de septiembre de 2017

THE MAIN MUSEUM PRESENTA

DORA DE LARIOS: OTHER WORLDS (OTROS MUNDOS)

La exposición presenta obras de la artista mexicano-estadounidense de Los Ángeles, Dora De Larios, y celebrará la instalación de arte permanente a la entrada del museo que recientemente le fue comisionada; Other Worlds inaugurará la nueva galería del mezanine de 2.750 pies cuadrados de The Main

En exhibición en el Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main Museum

25 de febrero – 13 de mayo de 2018

Dora De Larios en su estudio de Culver City (Fotos de Christopher Sullivan)

Dora De Larios en su estudio de Culver City (Fotos de Christopher Sullivan)

LOS ÁNGELES—The Main Museum, ubicado en el centro de Los Ángeles, presenta Dora De Larios: Other Worlds, una exposición que destaca la obra de la renombrada ceramista de Los Ángeles, Dora De Larios, quien siendo una de las artistas más vitales de la ciudad, no es lo suficientemente reconocida. Dora De Larios: Other Worlds exhibe obras de una extensa carrera de seis décadas e inaugura la nueva galería del mezanine de 2.750 pies cuadrados, marcando la primera de una serie de inauguraciones públicas que seguirán la continua evolución y finalización de The Main. Antes de la exposición, a De Larios se le comisionó la creación de una obra permanente a gran escala, en concreto, para la acera frente al museo. Dora De Larios: Other Worlds estará abierta al público desde el 25 de febrero hasta el 13 de mayo de 2018, en Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main Museum, y su nueva obra en concreto recien comisionada se presentará más adelante en el otoño.

Dora De Larios creció en Boyle Heights y se graduó de la Universidad del Sur de California (University of Southern California) donde obtuvo una licenciatura de Bellas Artes en cerámica con una especialización en escultura en 1957. Esta fue una época en que las mujeres, la gente de color y los ceramistas no eran muy reconocidos en el mundo del arte. Ella trabajó fuera del sistema de las galerías por necesidad, y logró crear un espacio propio para ella y su trabajo al fundar Irving Place Studio, un estudio de práctica independiente, así como a través de la comisión de obras a gran escala en California, Hawái, Tahití y Japón. Su identidad como mujer mexicano-estadounidense en un mundo del arte dominado por el machismo está profundamente reflejada en su atención a la forma femenina a la cual le otorga gran importancia. La obra de De Larios también tiene una conexión con México, su hogar ancestral, y un país que visitó a menudo cuando era niña, y con África, Asia y otros lugares donde ha pasado tiempo fuera de Los Ángeles. Sus cerámicas normalmente trascienden las formas terrenales. En su obra son comunes las figuras mitológicas, diosas, al igual que animales desconocidos pero que se nos hacen familiares. A los 83 años de edad, De Larios se mantiene activa en su estudio de Culver City.

“Nos sentimos encantados de traer los mundos de Dora De Larios a The Main. Su obra es sobrenatural y sublime, y creo que Dora en sí, es uno de los mayores tesoros de la ciudad”, dijo Allison Agsten, directora de The Main. “Tener la posibilidad de darle la bienvenida al público a nuestra nueva galería del mezanine con esta exposición, la obra de una de las ceramistas más importantes de Los Ángeles, es un sueño vuelto realidad”.

La nueva galería del mezanine

Esta exposición será la primera en la nueva galería de 2.750 pies cuadrados del mezanine, que en la actualidad está en construcción. De acuerdo con el objetivo de The Main de revelar la belleza natural del histórico edificio Hellman y utilizar el espacio existente de manera eficiente, el museo está transformando el espacio en el nivel del mezanine para convertirlo en una galería abierta con suelos de concreto, techos amplios, paredes de ladrillo originales intactas y 40 pies de ventanales de vidrio con vista a la galería del primer piso. Los visitantes tendrán acceso a este espacio desde la galería del primer piso a través de una nueva escalera de acero.

Imagen de la nueva galería del mezanine de The Main (cortesía de Land Office)

Imagen de la nueva galería del mezanine de The Main (cortesía de Land Office)

El museo está trabajando con la firma de arquitectura Land Office del centro de Los Ángeles y con su directora, la arquitecta Nora Gordon, en la siguiente fase de desarrollo del museo, que incluye la nueva galería del mezanine, un complejo de estudios para los artistas en residencia que tendrá cinco estudios, además de las oficinas del personal. En octubre de 2016, The Main inauguró el primer espacio Beta Main, una galería de 3.500 pies cuadrados en el primer piso del museo.

Con la nueva galería del mezanine, la superficie total actual del espacio público alcanzará los 6.250 pies cuadrados y su superficie total será de 11.500 pies cuadrados. El museo continuará abriendo espacios adicionales por fases del total de 100.000 pies cuadrados del complejo, durante los próximos años.

Nueva comisión de una obra de Dora De Larios

Antes de la exposición Dora De Larios: Other Worlds, la artista fue comisionada por The Main para crear una obra permanente en concreto a gran escala en la acera frente al museo. La pieza será producida en el estilo que caracteriza la obra en cerámica de De Larios, pero en concreto. El diseño incluirá tallados de nubes ondulantes y el sol. Las mándalas o los círculos son motivos claves en la obra de De Larios. Hacen alusión a la primera experiencia vívida de De Larios al ver el calendario azteca cuando de niña visitó la ciudad de México con sus padres. En la actualidad, el museo está trabajando en conjunto con De Larios para darle vida a su visión y a su obra. La fabricación y construcción de la obra comenzará en octubre, y una presentación pública está programada para más adelante en el año. 

Este es un esbozo preliminar de la obra de Dora De Larios para el andén de entrada a The Main, cortesía de la artista.

El calendario de programas para la exposición se anunciará más adelante en el otoño. Dora De Larios: Other Worlds fue organizada por Allison Agsten, directora de The Main, junto con Mónica Rodríguez, curadora asociada.  


DORA DE LARIOS

Dora De Larios es una ceramista y escultora estadounidense que ha trabajado el barro durante más de 60 años. Nació en Los Ángeles en 1933 de padres inmigrantes mexicanos, y su obra encarna temas de espiritualidad, naturaleza y mitología, donde son evidentes su herencia mexicana y su relación con el arte precolombino. De Larios se graduó en 1957 y obtuvo una licenciatura de Bellas Artes en cerámica con una especialidad en escultura de la Escuela de Bellas Artes de la Universidad del Sur de California (University of Southern California's School of Fine Art), donde estudió con los destacados ceramistas Vivika Heino, Otto Heino y Susan Peterson. Con el tiempo, De Larios amplió su enfoque para incluir piezas fundidas en concreto, latón, acero inoxidable, acrílico y madera, completando una variedad de obras arquitectónicas a gran escala. Sus esculturas de cerámica fueron exhibidas en tres exposiciones de arte importantes que formaron parte del J. Paul Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time en el año 2011. En el año 2010, fue honrada con una retrospectiva de 50 años en el Craft and Folk Art Museum de Los Ángeles. La obra de De Larios está representada en Found in Translation, una exposición actual de la iniciativa Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in LA (PST: LA/LA) en LACMA.

THE MAIN MUSEUM

La misión de The Main Museum es interesar al público en las ideas más importantes de nuestro tiempo a través del arte creado en Los Ángeles. Al enfocarse en un programa de residencias artísticas, en vez de en una colección de arte, The Main le otorga importancia a los artistas y a sus obras, y apoya las prácticas artísticas diversas de los artistas en todas las etapas de sus carreras.

Cuando esté terminado, The Main incluirá una variedad de galerías de exhibición, espacios de estudio adicionales para su programa de residencia artística, y una plaza en el último piso que tendrá un anfiteatro, un café y un restaurante. Para obtener más información sobre The Main y suscribirse a las actualizaciones, por favor visite themainmuseum.org.

BETA MAIN

Como su nombre lo indica, Beta Main es un espacio para experimentar y aprender, un anticipo de lo que será The Main.

Durante todas las fases de desarrollo de The Main, en el cual se incluirán exposiciones, residencias artísticas y programas públicos organizados por Beta Main, la institución continuará refinando su visión y sus métodos a medida que va familiarizándose con la comunidad, los artistas, la experimentación, y el centro de Los Ángeles.

 

Contacto para los medios: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Sep. 26, 2017

The Main Museum Presenta Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves (Las Ondas Se Vuelven Olas)

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Para publicación inmediata: Martes, 26 de septiembre de 2017

THE MAIN MUSEUM PRESENTA

RIGO 23: RIPPLES BECOME WAVES

(LAS ONDAS SE VUELVEN OLAS)

La exposición incluye la primera presentación en la costa oeste de la estatua del prisionero político, Leonard Peltier, después de que ésta fuera removida del campus de American University, en enero de 2017

Se exhibirá en Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main Museum, 25 de febrero – 13 de mayo de 2018

Estatua de Leonard Peltier, American University.  Imagen cortesía de Rigo 23

Estatua de Leonard Peltier, American University.  Imagen cortesía de Rigo 23

LOS ÁNGELES, California—The Main Museum presenta Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves (Las ondas se vuelven olas), una exhibición de las obras del artista portugués Rigo 23, residente de Los Ángeles. Conocido por sus pinturas murales de gran formato, Rigo forma parte de la primera generación del movimiento artístico San Francisco Mission School, que surgió en el Mission District de la ciudad a comienzos de los años 90. Durante casi tres décadas, la obra de Rigo ha estado marcada por el compromiso social y se ha enfocado en hacerle frente a las injusticias, destacando en particular a Leonard Peltier, un miembro del American Indian Movement (Movimiento Indígena Norteamericano), quien fue condenado por matar a dos agentes del FBI (Oficina Federal de Investigación) durante un tiroteo en la Reserva de Pine Ridge en 1975, y cuyas dos sentencias de cadena perpetua han sido objeto de gran debate. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves será la primera presentación de la estatua de Peltier, creada por el artista después de su polémico retiro del campus de American University, a comienzos de 2017. La exposición estará abierta al público desde el 25 de febrero hasta el 13 de mayo de 2018 en Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main Museum.

Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves presentará obras que enfatizan el cambio social y político, dirigiendo específicamente la atención al encarcelamiento de prisioneros políticos y a la difícil situación que atraviesan las comunidades indígenas en los Estados Unidos. La exposición toma su nombre de una cita de Robert H. King, un ex prisionero político y cofundador del capítulo del Black Panther Party (Partido de las Panteras Negras) en la Penitenciaría del Estado de Luisiana, quien dijo: “Cuanto más hondo te entierran, más fuerte se vuelve tu voz. Si lanzas piedritas al estanque, se producen ondas; las ondas se convierten en olas; y las olas se pueden convertir en un tsunami”. La primera línea de la cita fue el título de la exposición Rigo’s 2009 en The New Museum en Nueva York. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves tiene como propósito difundir el mensaje de King a través del arte y la acción. En el centro de la presentación, tanto literal como figurativamente, hay una estatua de Peltier de nueve pies de altura. Rigo creó la obra como parte de una propuesta de Amnistía Internacional en el 2016 para el entonces presidente Barack Obama de otorgarle la clemencia a Peltier, la cual finalmente fue negada.  Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves aborda importantes asuntos actuales y de controversia política: desde la sentencia inicial de Peltier dictada hace más de 40 años, hasta los esfuerzos por exonerarlo de hoy en día.

La estatua está basada en un autorretrato que pintó Peltier en la cárcel. La base de la estatua mide seis pies por nueve pies y está diseñada siguiendo las dimensiones de una celda estándar. Instalada en diciembre de 2016 en el campus de American University en Washington, D.C. por el museo de la institución, la estatua fue luego desmontada por la universidad, poco después de la protesta de los partidarios de las fuerzas policiales para que ésta fuera removida. En reacción al retiro de la estatua, Rigo declaró: “Las acciones tomadas por American University a instancias de la Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association forman parte de un esfuerzo concertado y continuado por hacer invisible a los indígenas”. Tras una prolongada batalla, American University ha aceptado devolver la estatua a Rigo; aunque en el momento de este anuncio, la estatua todavía se encuentra en poder de la universidad.

“En vez de seguir brutalizando y deconstruyendo la estatua de Leonard Peltier, me siento muy contento de saber que ésta será recibida en The Main, donde estará protegida y bien cuidada”, dijo Rigo. Una vez instalada en el espacio de Beta Main, Rigo planea continuar trabajando en la estatua y en su conservación mientras está a la vista del público y durante toda la exposición. “Los temas que confronta Rigo en su obra son de suma importancia y urgencia, especialmente en el contexto de estos tiempos en que la atmósfera se siente cargada, y nos sentimos orgullosos de traer su obra de regreso a Los Ángeles,” dijo Allison Agsten, directora de The Main. “Los temas de censura en el discurso público y el rol que tiene el arte de abordar complejas narrativas históricas no se pueden ignorar—no en este momento, y principalmente, no con las elevadas tensiones de nuestro clima político actual”.

Esta exposición también incluirá el debut de un reciente afiche de diseño gráfico de Leonard Peltier, creado por Emory Douglas, un artista especializado en el comentario social, antiguo miembro del Partido de las Panteras Negras (Black Panther Party), colaborador por muchos años, y una influencia continua de Rigo y de su obra. Junto a la nueva obra habrán tres paneles de gran formato que forman parte de una serie anterior de Rigo, From the Heart of Santa Madera (Desde el corazón de Santa Madera). Los paneles incorporan una variedad de influencias, desde un retrato pintado de Peltier, hasta alusiones a la iconografía de Los Ángeles y el prefacio escrito por el filósofo Jean- Paul Sartre para la obra seminal de Frantz Fanon (1961), sobre los efectos deshumanizantes de la colonización, The Wretched of the Earth (Los condenados de la Tierra). Creado originalmente en el año 1999, el texto pintado de uno de los paneles será modificado para está próxima exposición con el propósito de tener en cuenta el año en curso y la vigencia que aún conserva la pregunta: “Estamos en el 2018. ¿Por qué Leonard Peltier sigue todavía en la cárcel?”.

Cuando la estatua de Peltier era transportada hacia American University, hizo varias paradas en lugares tales como Standing Rock, la reserva Pine Ridge y la isla de Alcatraz, en donde más de 500 personas se pararon sobre sus pies en solidaridad con Peltier. El 19 de noviembre, antes de que se inaugure la exposición en enero de 2018, habrá un día en que se podrán ver por anticipado los pies de la estatua en Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main, donde se invitará al público a ver y a pararse sobre sus pies. Como parte de la exposición, se exhibirá una selección de fotografías de sus simpatizantes parados sobre los pies de la estatua en solidaridad con Peltier.

Junto a las conversaciones y performance, The Main presentará una serie de talleres sobre auto-cuidado los domingos por la tarde durante la exposición. Los talleres serán facilitados por líderes indígenas, artistas, y educadores, que incluyen a Charmaine Bee, April Bey, Julia Bogany, Olivia Chumacero y Sarita Dougherty. Talleres bilingües, en español e inglés serán también ofrecidos por Felicia Montes de Mujeres de Maiz y Victor Narro del Centro de Labor de UCLA. Más adelante en el otoño, se anunciará un calendario de programas adicionales relacionados con la exposición. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves fue organizada por Allison Agsten, directora de The Main, y por Mónica Rodríguez, curadora asociada.  


RIGO 23

Rigo 23 (nacido en 1966 en la isla de Madeira, Portugal) vive en Los Ángeles y trabaja a nivel mundial. Ha expuesto su trabajo internacionalmente por más de 20 años, colocando murales, pinturas, esculturas y obras hechas con azulejos en entornos públicos, donde se anima a los espectadores a examinar su relación con la comunidad y su papel como defensores involuntarios de las políticas públicas. Las obras de Rigo existen tanto como obras de arte como intervenciones públicas que invitan a la reflexión, y han sido objeto de exposiciones individuales en el Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) y en el Fowler Museum de la Universidad de California en Los Ángeles; el New Museum and Artists Space en Nueva York; y el Museu de Arte Contemporânea en Río de Janeiro, Brasil. Su obra ha sido incluida en la Kochi-Muziris Biennale en India; Aichi Triennial en Japón; en la Shenzhen Hong-Kong Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture en China; en la Auckland Triennial en Nueva Zelanda; Lyon Biennale en Francia; 2006 Liverpool Biennial en el Reino Unido; y en la 2004 California Biennial, entre otras. Rigo obtuvo su BFA del San Francisco Art Institute y su MFA de Stanford University.

THE MAIN MUSEUM

La misión de The Main Museum es interesar al público en las ideas más importantes de nuestro tiempo a través del arte creado en Los Ángeles. Al enfocarse en un programa de residencias artísticas en vez de en una colección de arte, The Main le otorga importancia a los artistas y a sus obras y apoya las prácticas artísticas diversas de los artistas en todas las etapas de sus carreras.

Cuando esté terminado, The Main incluirá una variedad de galerías de exhibición, espacios de estudio adicionales para su programa de residencia artística, y una plaza en el último piso que tendrá un anfiteatro, un café y un restaurante. Para obtener mayor información sobre The Main y suscribirse a las actualizaciones, por favor visite themainmuseum.org.

BETA MAIN

Como su nombre lo indica, Beta Main es un espacio para experimentar y aprender, un anticipo de lo que será The Main. Durante todas las fases de desarrollo de The Main, en el cual se incluirán exposiciones, residencias artísticas y programas públicos organizados por Beta Main, la institución continuará refinando su visión y sus métodos a medida que va familiarizándose con la comunidad, los artistas, la experimentación, y el centro de Los Ángeles.


THE MAIN MUSEUM—LISTADO DE PROGRAMAS

Programa | En Solidaridad con Leonard Peltier

Domingo, 19 de noviembre de 2017

1–4 p. m.

Lugar: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., centro de Los Ángeles, 90013

Entrada gratis; no se requiere RSVP

El artista Rigo 23 comenzó a trabajar en una estatua del prominente activista y prisionero político nativo-americano, Leonard Peltier, en el 2016. Antes de que la estatua fuera instalada en American University, Rigo llevó los pies de la estatua a sitios que son importantes para los pueblos indígenas alrededor de los EE. UU, incluida la isla de Alcatraz y las reservas indígenas de Pine Ridge y de Standing Rock, y después invitó al público y a los seguidores a pararse en solidaridad sobre los pies de Peltier y a ser retratados.

Como anticipo de la próxima exposición: Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves en The Main, se realizará un programa de un día en el cual se traerán los pies de la estatua al Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main. Una vez más se invitará al público a pararse sobre los pies de la estatua y a ser retratados para demostrar su apoyo a Peltier, a los prisioneros políticos, y a los pueblos indígenas que enfrentan la persecución. Los participantes serán fotografiados por Pamela J. Peters, fotógrafa basada en Los Angeles. Una selección de las fotografías tomadas por Peters durante el programa serán exhibidas en Beta Main junto a la estatua, como parte de Rigo 23: Ripples Becomes Waves comenzando el 25 de febrero de 2018.

 

Contacto para los medios: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Sep. 26, 2017

The Main Museum Presents Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 THE MAIN MUSEUM PRESENTS

RIGO 23: RIPPLES BECOME WAVES

Exhibition includes first West Coast presentation of statue of political prisoner Leonard Peltier since its January 2017 removal from the American University campus

On view at Beta Main, test site for The Main Museum

February 25–May 13, 2018

Statue of Leonard Peltier at American University, image courtesy of Rigo 23

Statue of Leonard Peltier at American University, image courtesy of Rigo 23

LOS ANGELES, CA—The Main Museum presents Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves, an exhibition of works by L.A.-based Portuguese artist Rigo 23. Known for painting large-scale outdoor murals, Rigo is considered part of the first generation of the San Francisco Mission School art movement, which emerged in the city’s Mission District in the early 1990s. For nearly three decades, Rigo’s socially engaged work has focused on addressing injustices, notably highlighting Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975 and whose two life sentences have been the subject of much debate. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves will be the first presentation of the artist’s statue of Peltier after its contested removal from the American University campus in early 2017. The exhibition will be on view February 25–May 13, 2018, at Beta Main, the test site for The Main Museum.

Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves will feature works that emphasize the artist’s long-time advocacy for social and political change, specifically calling attention to the incarceration of political prisoners and the plight of indigenous communities in the United States. The exhibition takes its name from a quote by Robert H. King, former political prisoner and co-founder of the Black Panther Party chapter at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, who said, “The deeper they bury you, the louder your voice becomes. You throw pebbles into the pond, you get ripples; ripples become waves; the waves can become a tsunami.” The first line of the quote was the title of Rigo’s 2009 exhibition at The New Museum in New York. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves aims to further King’s message through art and action. At the center of the presentation, both literally and figuratively, is a nine-foot-tall statue of Peltier. Rigo has been in communications with Peltier during his imprisonment, and has learned that he is in support of the presentation of the statue at The Main. The work was created as part of a 2016 Amnesty International bid for then–President Barack Obama to grant Peltier clemency, which was ultimately denied. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves addresses important present-day issues and political controversy – from Peltier’s initial sentence given more than 40 years ago to the efforts to exonerate him today.

The statue is based on a self-portrait Peltier painted while in prison; the base of the statue measures six feet by nine feet and is modeled after the dimensions of a standard prison cell. Installed in December 2016 on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C., by the school’s museum, the statue was deinstalled by the university shortly after law enforcement supporters protested for the statue’s removal. Reacting to the removal of the statue, Rigo stated, “The actions taken by American University at the behest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association are part and parcel of a concerted and ongoing effort at making the Native invisible.” After a protracted battle, American University has agreed to return the statue to Rigo; though at the time of this announcement, the statue is still in the possession of the school.

“Instead of further brutalizing and deconstructing the statue of Leonard Peltier, I am beyond elated that it will be brought to The Main where it will now be nurtured and cared for,” said Rigo. Once the work is installed in the Beta Main space, Rigo plans to work on and conserve the statue while it is on view to the public and throughout the run of the exhibition. “The subjects that Rigo is contending with in his work are of utmost importance and urgency, especially in the context of these highly charged times, and we are proud to bring his work back to Los Angeles,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main. “Issues of censorship in public discourse and the role of art in addressing complex historical narratives cannot be discounted—not now and, most importantly, not with the heightened tensions of our current political climate.”

The exhibition will also debut a recent graphic design poster of Leonard Peltier by social commentary artist Emory Douglas, former artist of the Black Panther Party, long-time collaborator, and ongoing influence on Rigo and his work. Alongside the new work will be three large-scale panels from a previous series of Rigo’s, From the Heart of Santa Madera. The panels incorporate varied influences—from a painted portrait of Peltier to allusions of Los Angeles iconography to text from philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s preface to Frantz Fanon’s 1961 seminal writing on the dehumanizing effects of colonization, Wretched of the Earth. Originally created in 1999, the painted text of one panel will be modified for the upcoming presentation to note the current year and endurance of the question, “It’s 2018—Why is Leonard Peltier still in prison?”

When the statue of Peltier was transported to American University, it made various stops in such locations as Standing Rock, Pine Ridge Reservation, and Alcatraz Island where more than 500 people stood on its feet in solidarity with Peltier. On November 19, before the exhibition opens in January 2018, a one-day preview of the feet of the statue will take place at Beta Main, test site for The Main, where the public will be invited to view and stand on the feet of the statue. A selection of photographs of supporters standing on the feet of the statue in solidarity with Peltier will be on view as part of the exhibition.

Alongside conversations and performances, The Main will present a series of self-care workshops on Sunday afternoons throughout the run of the exhibition. Workshops will be facilitated by Native elders, artists, and educators, including Charmaine Bee, April Bey, Julia Bogany, Olivia Chumacero (e.i.m.) , and Sarita Dougherty. Bilingual English and Spanish workshops will also be offered by Felicia Montes of Mujeres de Maiz and Victor Narro of the UCLA Labor Center. A full schedule of programs for the exhibition will be announced later this fall. Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves is organized by Allison Agsten, director of The Main, and Monica Rodriguez, curatorial associate.   


RIGO 23

Rigo 23 (b. 1966, Madeira Island, Portugal) lives in Los Angeles and works globally. He has exhibited his work internationally for more than 20 years, placing murals, paintings, sculptures, and tile work in public situations where viewers are encouraged to examine their relationship to their community and their role as unwitting advocates of public policy. Rigo’s works live both as artworks and thoughtful public interventions and have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles; the New Museum and Artists Space, New York City; and the Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work has been included in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Aichi Triennial, Japan; Shenzhen Hong-Kong Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture, China; Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; Lyon Biennale, France; 2006 Liverpool Biennial, United Kingdom; and 2004 California Biennial, among others. Rigo received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from Stanford University.

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, 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—PROGRAM LISTING

Program | Stand in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

Sunday, November 19, 2017

1–4 p.m.

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Admission is free; no RSVP required

Artist Rigo 23 began work on a statue of prominent Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, in 2016. Before the statue was installed at American University, Rigo took its feet to sites of Native significance across the U.S., including Alcatraz Island, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He then invited the public and supporters to stand and be photographed on the feet of Peltier in solidarity.

In advance of The Main’s upcoming exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves, a one-day program will bring the feet of the statue to Beta Main, test site for The Main. The public will once again be invited to stand on the feet of the statue in support of Peltier, political prisoners, and all Indigenous peoples facing persecution. Participants will be photographed by LA-based Navajo photographer Pamela J. Peters. A selection of Peters’ photographs taken during the program will be on view at Beta Main, alongside the complete statue, as part of Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves beginning February 25, 2018.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Aug. 17, 2017

The Main To Make Museum Offerings Bilingual

For Immediate Release Thursday, August 17, 2017

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THE MAIN TO MAKE MUSEUM OFFERINGS BILINGUAL

Museum will present materials, exhibition information, and programming in both English and Spanish to better serve Los Angeles and expand accessibility to its community

The Main Museum, images by Elon Schoenholz

The Main Museum, images by Elon Schoenholz

LOS ANGELES – The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles today announced that it will begin to present museum offerings in both English and Spanish. Spanning everything from staffing to programming to in-gallery and online materials, The Main’s bilingual programming aims to make the museum as accessible and welcoming as possible to the Los Angeles community. The bilingual offerings will launch this September with a program presented in English and Spanish at Beta Main, the test site for The Main Museum.

“As a new institution focused on engaging the public with Los Angeles art and artists, it is vital that we recognize who our L.A. audience is and how to best engage all visitors and potential visitors to the museum, whether on-site, online, or anywhere we meet,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main. “With nearly half of L.A. identifying as Hispanic or Latino1 and more than half speaking a language other than English at home,2 it is essential that museums understand and address the benefits of having such diverse populations to consider.”

Walk-in visitors from the Downtown L.A. neighborhood and surrounding areas have been the majority of Beta Main’s guests since its opening in October 2016. Studies show that having bilingual interpretative materials at museums has profound emotional effects on Spanish-speaking and Spanish-dominant visitors. Visitors say that when bilingual programming is available, they enjoy the visit more, feel more valued by the museum, and feel more comfortable during their visit.3 The Main’s multilingual initiative will begin with Spanish, with additional languages to be introduced in the future.

The Main will roll out the initiative in phases over the coming year. On September 20, The Main will launch its bilingual programming with an evening of poetry, music, and zines that celebrate Los Angeles’s Chicana community. Alma Rosa, founder of Frijolera Press, brings together local poets and musicians from the Vinyl Frontier Crew, a vinyl collective who will be spinning funk, oldies, and cumbias throughout the night. The Main’s previously announced fall exhibition Office Hours and its In Focus counterpart will be the museum’s first bilingual exhibitions. The museum is currently working to translate all on-site and online communications and develop additional programming, with the goal of being fully bilingual on-site and online by the end of 2018.

“Our goal is to make being bilingual part of the fabric of The Main from the beginning,” said Agsten. “In the experimental spirit of Beta Main, we wanted to launch the initiative as soon as possible so that we are able to learn, test, and grow with it as we move toward the launch of the full museum over the next few years.”


1“QuickFacts: Los Angeles City, California,” U.S. Census Bureau, accessed August 8, 2017, https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/losangelescitycalifornia/PST045216.

2“For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Census Bureau Reports at Least 350 Languages Spoken in U.S. Homes,” U.S. Census Bureau, accessed August 8, 2017, https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-185.html.

3 Steve Yalowitz, Cecilia Garibay, Nan Renner, and Carlos Plaza, Bilingual Exhibit Research Initiative: Institutional and Intergenerational Experiences with Bilingual Exhibitions, September 2013, accessed August 8, 2017, http://www.informalscience.org/sites/default/files/2013-10-01_BERI_Research_report_Final_Sep_2013.pdf.


ABOUT ALMA ROSA

Alma Rosa is a Chicana writer, spoken word poet, and zine maker who resides in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Frijolera Press, a d.i.y. Chicana zine press. She is the creator of Tranquila Zine and Love in the Time of Trump. She is currently working on a new collection of stories titled Feathered Serpent: The Raven and The POEtry.

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, 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—BILINGUAL PROGRAM LISTING

Program | Poetas Potion: a night of poesía y palabra

Wednesday, September 20 | 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Admission is free; no RSVP required

In conjunction with Beta Main’s current exhibition, Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles, join us for an evening of poetry, music, and zines that celebrate Los Angeles’s Chicana community.

Alma Rosa, founder of Frijolera Press, brings together local poets for a night of bilingual readings. Music will be provided by the Vinyl Frontier Crew, a local vinyl collective who will be spinning funk, oldies, and cumbias throughout the night. Zines and chapbooks from participating artists will be available for purchase. Participants to be announced closer to the program date.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Aug. 17, 2017

The Main Será Un Museo Bilingüe

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THE MAIN SERÁ UN MUSEO BILINGÜE

Con la idea de servir mejor a la ciudad de Los Ángeles y hacer el museo más accesible a la comunidad, el museo ofrecerá todos sus comunicados e información sobre exposiciones y programación en inglés y en español.

The Main Museum, fotografías de Elon Schoenholz

The Main Museum, fotografías de Elon Schoenholz

LOS ÁNGELES – The Main Museum, ubicado en el centro de Los Ángeles, anunció hoy que comenzará a ofrecer todo lo que se presenta en el museo en inglés y en español. Abarcándolo todo, desde el personal del museo hasta la programación y el material escrito en las galerías y en línea, el programa bilingüe de The Main aspira a convertir el museo en un lugar más accesible y acogedor posible para la comunidad de Los Ángeles. El lanzamiento de la iniciativa bilingüe se llevará a cabo en septiembre con un programa que será presentado en inglés y español en el Beta Main, el espacio de experimentación de The Main Museum.

“Como una nueva institución enfocada en involucrar al público en el arte y los artistas de Los Ángeles, es vital que reconozcamos quién es nuestra audiencia en L.A. y cuál es la mejor manera de interesar a todos los visitantes, así como a los posibles visitantes del museo, ya sea en el en sitio, en línea, o donde quiera que nos encontremos,” dijo Allison Agsten, la directora de The Main. “Con casi la mitad de la población de L.A. identificada como hispana o latina,1 y más de la mitad de ésta hablando en casa un idioma diferente al inglés,2 es esencial que los museos comprendan y consideren los beneficios de contar con una población tan diversa”.

Desde su inauguración en octubre de 2016, la mayoría de los visitantes del Beta Main llegan a pie desde el centro de L.A. y sus alrededores. Los estudios demuestran que el material interpretativo bilingüe en los museos tiene un efecto emocional profundo en la gente de habla hispana y en aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español. Los visitantes dicen que cuando hay material y programación bilingüe disfrutan más la visita, se sienten más a gusto en el museo y más cómodos durante la visita3. La iniciativa multilingüe de The Main comenzará con el español y en el futuro se añadirán otros idiomas.

El 20 de septiembre, The Main lanzará su programación bilingüe con una velada de poesía, música y fanzines que celebran a la comunidad chicana de Los Ángeles. Alma Rosa, fundadora de la Frijolera Press, reúne poetas locales y a los músicos de Vinyl Frontier Crew, un colectivo de vinilo quienes estarán tocando ritmos funk, oldies y cumbias durante toda la noche.

The Main introducirá la iniciativa por fases durante el próximo año. La exposición de otoño, Office Hours y su contraparte In Focus, anunciadas anteriormente por The Main, serán las primeras exposiciones bilingües del museo. Actualmente, el museo está en el proceso de traducir todos los comunicados en sitio y en línea y desarrollará programas adicionales, teniendo como meta ser contempletamente bilingües para finales de 2018.

“Nuestra meta es que, desde el comienzo, el ser bilingües sea parte integral de la estructura de The Main”, dijo Agsten. “De acuerdo con el espíritu experimental del Beta Main, deseábamos lanzar la iniciativa lo más pronto posible de manera que podamos aprender, poner a prueba y desarrollar esta idea a medida que nos acercamos al lanzamiento del museo completo en los próximos años”.


1“QuickFacts: Los Angeles City, California,” U.S. Census Bureau, accessed August 8, 2017, (Oficina del Censo de EE.UU., accedida el 8 de agosto de 2017) https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/losangelescitycalifornia/PST045216.

2“Para publicación inmediata: martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015: La Oficina del Censo informa que se hablan al menos 350 idiomas en los hogares estadounidenses,” Oficina del Censo, accedida el 8 de agosto de 2017, https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-185.html.

3 Steve Yalowitz, Cecilia Garibay, Nan Renner y Carlos Plaza, Bilingual Exhibit Research Initiative: Institutional and Intergenerational Experiences with Bilingual Exhibitions (Iniciativa de la investigación de exposiciones bilingües: Experiencias institucionales e intergeneracionales con exposiciones bilingües), septiembre de 2013, accedida el 8 de agosto de 2017, http://www.informalscience.org/sites/default/files/2013-10-01_BERI_Research_report_Final_Sep_2013.pdf


ALMA ROSA

Alma Rosa es una escritora chicana, poeta de la palabra hablada, y creadora de fanzines residente de Los Ángeles. Ella es la fundadora de Frijolera Press, una imprenta de fanzines d.i.y. chicana. Ella es la creadora de Tranquila Zine y Love in the Time of Trump (El amor en los tiempos de Trump). En la actualidad se encuentra trabajando en una nueva colección de historias titulada Feathered Serpent: The Raven and The POEtry (La serpiente emplumada: El cuervo y la POEsía).

THE MAIN MUSEUM

La misión de The Main Museum es interesar al público en las ideas más importantes de nuestro tiempo a través del arte creado en Los Ángeles. Al enfocarse en un programa de residencias para artistas en vez de una colección de arte, The Main le otorga importancia a los artistas y a sus obras, apoyando las prácticas artísticas diversas en todas las etapas de sus carreras.

Cuando esté terminado, The Main incluirá una variedad de galerías de exhibición, espacios de estudio adicionales en su programa de residencias para artistas y una plaza en el último piso que tendrá un anfiteatro, un café y un restaurante. Para obtener más información sobre The Main y registrarse para recibir actualizaciones, visite themainmuseum.org.

BETA MAIN

Como su nombre lo indica, Beta Main es un espacio físico y conceptual de experimentación, un anticipo del museo que se encuentra en construcción. Durante todas las fases de desarrollo de The Main, que incluirán exposiciones, residencias para artistas y programas públicos organizados por el Beta Main, la institución seguirá refinando su visión y sus métodos a medida que va familiarizándose con la comunidad, los artistas, la experimentación y el centro de Los Ángeles.


THE MAIN MUSEUM—LISTA DE PROGRAMAS BILINGÜES

Programa | Poetas Potion: una noche de poesía y palabra

Miércoles, septiembre 20 | 7:30 –9:30 p.m.

Lugar: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., centro de Los Ángeles, 90013.

La entrada es gratis; no se requiere RSVP

En conjunción con la actual exposición del Beta Main, Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles (Sueño con Los Ángeles), acompáñenos a una noche de poesía, música y fanzines que celebran a la comunidad chicana de Los Ángeles.

Alma Rosa la fundadora de la Frijolera Press, reúne a los poetas locales en una noche de lecturas bilingües. La música la suministrará Vinyl Frontier Crew, un colectivo local de vinilo que tocará funk, oldies y cumbias toda la noche. Los fanzines y los libros de bolsillo de los artistas que participan estarán a la venta. Los participantes serán anunciados en una fecha posterior.

Contacto con los medios: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Aug. 03, 2017

The Main Museum To Host 2nd Annual Office Hours Program Dedicated To Supporting Artists From Downtown L.A. And Surrounding Areas

 

For Immediate Release Thursday, August 3, 2017

Open-call program features one-on-one conversations for 50 local artists with museum director Allison Agsten; program culminates in public exhibition of artists’ work at Beta Main, including an exhibition of work by Rachel Duvall, a standout artist from the 2016 Office Hours program

 

LOS ANGELES – The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles today announced the second annual installment of Office Hours, an open-call program developed by the museum to bring artists from Downtown and surrounding areas into intimate conversations with the museum. Over the course of four weeks this November, 50 artists—each at varying stages in their careers—will meet one-on-one with The Main’s director, Allison Agsten, to discuss their work. The meetings will culminate in a public exhibition of work by participating artists and will also include a small exhibition of textile-based work by Rachel Duvall, a standout artist from last year’s program.

Initially programmed in November 2016, Office Hours demonstrates The Main’s commitment to cultivating an ongoing dialogue with and support of Los Angeles artists. Beginning on October 9, artists from Downtown and surrounding areas are invited to sign up online or in person at the museum for individual one-hour meetings. Selections for the program are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Agsten will then meet with the 50 participating artists in the Beta Main space from November 1 to 22. At the end of each visit, artists will be invited to hang an original work in the Beta Main gallery. The works will be on public view in the Office Hours exhibition from November 29 to December 17.

Office Hours continues to reward me, and also the museum, with relationships that have helped guide us since last fall. I’ve made true friends, visited new studios, and have had the pleasure of supporting artists I met through the program in a variety of ways,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main. “I am looking forward to meeting other members of our community and welcoming them to their museum, a place for LA and its artists.”

A new addition to this year’s iteration of the program is Office Hours: In Focus—an opportunity for The Main to highlight the work of one exceptional participant from the previous year. Multiple works by Los Angeles–based textile artist Rachel Duvall, whose work was featured in the 2016 Office Hours program, will be on view alongside work by this year’s participants. Office Hours and Office Hours: In Focus—Rachel Duvall are organized by Agsten with The Main’s curatorial associate, Monica Rodriguez.

“We are thrilled to introduce In Focus to this year’s program and to feature the work of Rachel Duvall,” said Agsten. “She left a lasting impression on us last year with her exquisite craftsmanship and clarity of vision, and we are excited to be able to show her work in more depth this year.”

 


ABOUT RACHEL DUVALL

Rachel Duvall is a Los Angeles–based textile artist who makes handwoven works. Her geometric compositions explore the grid structure inherent to weaving: the result of the warp and weft fibers intersecting. By using repetition of line and shape, her work investigates the relationship between the rigid framework required to produce a weaving and the flexible imperfect nature of the resulting material. Within this repetition, the subtlest differences become amplified, such as the variation in tension of each handwoven line or subtle color shifts achieved with hand-dyed fibers. Duvall received her BFA in fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.

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, 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 FALL 2017 PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITIONS—COMPLETE LISTINGS

Program | Office Hours

Sign-ups: Monday, October 9, beginning at noon. (Sign-ups end after all 50 slots are taken.)

Meetings: Wednesday, November 1–Wednesday, November 22

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Beta Main closed to the public; meetings by appointment only

Let’s get to know each other.

 

Neighbors, introduce yourself and your art practice to The Main and learn more about the museum’s future plans. From Wednesday, November 1, to Wednesday, November 22, The Main’s director, Allison Agsten, will meet one-on-one with 50 L.A. artists in Beta Main, a test site for The Main Museum. At the end of each visit, artists may hang one original work or documentation of their work in the Beta Main galleries. The resulting Office Hours exhibition will be on view Wednesday, November 29, through Sunday, December 17.

 

How to Sign Up

 

Office Hours is open to artists at any stage in their careers. This open-call program invites artists to reserve time slots to meet with the museum’s director beginning on Monday, October 9, at noon. Artists may sign up online at themainmuseum.org or on-site at the museum’s front desk. The time slots are first come, first served, and sign-up will close after all 50 slots are taken.

 

Exhibition | Office Hours and Office Hours: In Focus—Rachel Duvall

Wednesday, November 29–Sunday, December 17

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Admission is free

Over the course of four weeks in November, Allison Agsten, Director of The Main, met with 50 Los Angeles artists at Beta Main, a test site for the museum. The on-site visits offered an intimate opportunity to form personal connections with neighbors while engaging in a dialogue about the museum’s future plans. At the culmination of each meeting, artists were invited to hang their art, or documentation of it, as part of Office Hours.

This year, The Main introduces a new addition to Office Hours: In Focus—Rachel Duvall. In Focus will highlight the work of Rachel Duvall, a Los Angeles–based textile artist who participated in the inaugural iteration of Office Hours in November 2016. Works by Duvall will be on view along with works by participants of this year’s Office Hours program.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Jun. 28, 2017

The Main Museum to Open Five New Artist-in-Residence Studios in January 2018

For Immediate Release Wednesday, June 28, 2017

THE MAIN MUSEUM TO OPEN FIVE NEW ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE STUDIOS IN JANUARY 2018

Museum announces application process for 2018 residencies

LOS ANGELES—The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles announced today that it will open five new studio spaces in January 2018 for its artist-in-residence program. With studios located onsite at the museum and monthly honoraria offered to participating artists, the museum’s expanded interdisciplinary residency program, which formalizes facets of the current program, furthers The Main’s central mission of supporting practicing Los Angeles–based artists. Applications are currently being accepted through October 2, 2017, for residencies beginning in January 2018.

When The Main opened its preliminary space, Beta Main, in October 2016 for public exhibitions and programs, the museum also opened two residency studios. The spaces have since been used by artists Andrea Bowers, Sid Dueñas, Lauren Halsey, and Suzanne Lacy. The studios are currently being occupied by Star Montana, whose work is now on view in Beta Main’s exhibition Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles, and Carolina Caycedo, who is producing new work for the fall exhibition A Universal History of Infamy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, PST: LA/LA initiative.

True to the nature of Beta Main—a physical and conceptual space for experimentation in anticipation of the fully-realized and currently under-construction museum—this new iteration of the residency program was informed by lessons from Beta Main’s inaugural year with artists-in-residence. The observations inform The Main’s current efforts to formalize areas of the program that were already in place, as well as extending the museum’s commitment to support more artists with expanded studio spaces.

“Supporting emerging L.A. artists through our artist-in-residence program is at the core of everything we do at The Main,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main. “We developed this residency almost before we developed plans for the museum. Through this residency, we aim to help artists advance their practices in an environment that cultivates expansive thinking and working. We also support artists by addressing the need for studio space—something both critical to artists and to the cultural vibrancy of our city.”

The residency program—a platform for experimentation and the development of ideas on contemporary artistic creation in L.A.—offers artists a free private studio and an honorarium of $1,000 per month. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to, visual arts, media/new genre, performance, film/video, music/sound, choreography, and writing. Artists are invited to use the space as they wish, with no expectation of producing new work, although some residencies may result in exhibitions or public programs.

Residencies can last anywhere from three to nine months, depending on the needs of each artist. This opportunity for extensive time in the residency program allows for artists-in-residence to develop strong connections with the museum, other artists working in the space, and the surrounding community.

In addition to the physical studio space and financial resources of the residency, distinguishing features of the program include access to The Main museum staff and relevant artists, curators, critics, and educators. With residency studios connected to staff offices, The Main’s staff members work closely with artists-in-residence to arrange individual studio visits, facilitate research, liaise with media, develop connections and programs with the surrounding community, and generally provide a supportive and collaborative environment.

Applying for the 2018 Residency
Applications for residencies beginning in January 2018 are currently being accepted. Application materials must be received by Monday, October 2, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by Allison Agsten, director of The Main, and Monica Rodriguez, curatorial associate. All finalists will be contacted via email to make interview arrangements by Monday, October 16. Learn more about how to apply at themainmuseum.org/all-residents/.

 

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, 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.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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Jun. 22, 2017

Exhibition Extension + Additional Summer Programs

For Immediate Release Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

BETA MAIN ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF STAR MONTANA AND ALICE KÖNITZ EXHIBTIONS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24; ADDITIONAL SUMMER PROGRAMMING

Additional programs include a site-specific performance by Mecca Vazie Andrews, a panel with emerging photographers moderated by Star Montana, an artist-led exhibition walk-through, and a conversation between Star Montana and artist Shizu Saldamando

Image Credit: Beta Main featuring works from Star Montana and Alice Könitz, photo by Elon Schoenholz

Image Credit: Beta Main featuring works from Star Montana and Alice Könitz, photo by Elon Schoenholz

LOS ANGELES—Beta Main, the test site for The Main Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, today announces an extension of its current exhibitions featuring artists Star Montana and Alice Könitz. On view through September 24, both exhibitions will serve as context for expanded programming that explores new ideas behind the works of each artist. All programs will continue to incorporate functional uses of Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs.

Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles features Star Montana’s rich photographic portraits of life in East L.A. and South L.A. accompanied by labels in the artist’s words about her subjects. Complementing Montana’s portraits are Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, experiments in museum seating commissioned by the museum. The works are geometric seating configurations placed throughout the space for contemplation and conversation.

Hyperallergic wrote, “I Dream of Los Angeles makes the case that telling stories is an important task, but it’s only the first step in understanding the diverse communities in a city. The show proves that photography is a powerful tool with which to do so, for the sake of both contemporary society and future generations,” while LAist said, “Her startlingly intimate photos, which have been displayed at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, highlight the personal while also addressing broader themes of class, social environment and identity.” Fabrik on Star Montana, “Her project is driven, as so much great art is, by an integration of the artist’s education, her autobiography and an expression of the present cultural moment.”

“We are excited to announce the extension of both Star and Alice’s exhibitions on view at Beta Main—and to continue our mission of supporting L.A. art and artists,” said Allison Agsten, director of The Main Museum. “This new programming allows us to further expand upon the central ideas in the exhibitions while also providing more opportunities for visitors to engage with the works and artists in a meaningful way.”

Additional programs begin on July 14 and July 15 with a site-specific performance series by Mecca Vazie Andrews leading with two open rehearsals 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.

On August 13, Beta Main presents a panel discussion featuring Los Angeles–based photographers moderated by Star Montana. The panel, featuring all women of color, will examine how artists use photography, zines, and social media to make visible to the world the places and people in their experiences. How We Do It speakers include photographers Valerie J. Bower, Arlene Mejorado, and Desilu Muñoz.

Artists Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando come together for a conversation at Beta Main on August 3. Moderated by Allison Agsten, See Me Now: A Conversation with Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando brings to focus the influence of East L.A. subcultures on their respective practices. The conversation will also touch on how both artists represent their community and the challenges and considerations that come with it.

Star Montana leads Vulnerability, the Birthplace of Creativity: A Workshop on August 12. In a rare public forum, the artist will share her personal story about how vulnerability gave her power and transformed her art practice. The artist will lead participants through a free-writing exercise and engage in an open conversation about authenticity.

An artist-led exhibition walk-through of Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles will take place at Beta Main on September 16. 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.

Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles and Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs will be on view at Beta Main through September 24, 2017, Wednesdays–Sundays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Admission is free. Beginning on July 26, Beta Main’s open hours will change to 12–7 p.m. Beta Main is located at 114 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

ABOUT STAR MONTANA


Star Montana (b. 1987) is a photo-based artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, a predominantly Mexican American neighborhood that serves as the backdrop to much of her work. Montana’s imagery deals with class, social environment, and identity within the personal and her family. Three dots and Tear drops—a long-term project with her family that has dealt with fragmented histories, loss, and the hope of the next generation—was recently on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Recently, Montana has begun work on her themes within a larger scope of Los Angeles residents via portraiture and video. Montana received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2013.

ABOUT ALICE KÖNITZ

Alice Könitz (b.1970 in Essen, Germany) lives and works in Los Angeles. She is the founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), an experimental exhibition space that she describes as a “platform for an organic institution that lives through participation.” In 2014, LAMOA was included in the Hammer Museum's biennial Made in L.A. 2014, winning the Mohn Award. Könitz had solo exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; Galerie Nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna; Wall House, Groningen; LAXART, Los Angeles; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Hudson/Franklin, New York; University Art Museum Long Beach; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; boom-editions/Shane Campbell, Chicago; and Luis Campaña, Cologne; among others. Her work has been included in group shows at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; mumok, Vienna; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Villa Arson, Nice; Kunsthaus Dresden; London Institute; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Tirana Biennial, Albania; and others. 

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.

 

 

ADDITIONAL SUMMER 2017 PROGRAMMING AT THE MAIN MUSEUM—COMPLETE LISTING

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.

How We Do It

Saturday, July 22 | 1–3 p.m.

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Admission is free; RSVP at themainmuseum.org/program/how-we-do-it

           

Join artist Star Montana as she brings together a group of women-of-color photographers to discuss their use of photography, zines, and social media to make visible to the world the places and people in their experiences.

 

Participating photographers are:

·         Valerie J. Bower

·         Arlene Mejorado

·         Desilu Muñoz

 

See Me Now: A Conversation with Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando

Thursday, August 3 | 8–10 p.m.

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Admission is free; RSVP at themainmuseum.org/program/see-me-now

           

Artists Star Montana and Shizu Saldamando have centered their art practices on the subcultures of East L.A. Using portraiture, either with photography or drawing, both women have created celebratory documentation of people and stories of their neighborhood. Join us for an intergenerational conversation, as these two friends discuss their motivations, challenges, and the considerations they make in representing their community.

 

Vulnerability, the Birthplace of Creativity: A Workshop Led by Star Montana

Saturday, August 12 | 1–3 p.m.

Location: Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

Admission is free; RSVP at themainmuseum.org/program/vulnerability-workshop

           

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change,” according to Brene Brown, the woman behind The Power of Vulnerability, one of the most-viewed TED Talks.

 

Join artist Star Montana as she shares how vulnerability gave her power and changed her art practice. For this workshop, Montana will share her story, guide participants through a free-writing exercise, and engage in an open conversation on how to connect to our individual authenticity.

 

Artist Walk-through with Star Montana

Saturday, September 16 | 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-with-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.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Ayson, sam@themainmuseum.org

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May. 19, 2017

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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Jan. 25, 2017

"Library of Black Lies" Press Release

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Installation view: MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo credit: Peter Harris, Boston

Installation view: MIT List Visual Arts Center
Photo credit: Peter Harris, Boston

LOS ANGELES — Beta Main, the test site for The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art, presents the West Coast debut of Edgar Arceneaux’s Library of Black Lies, a timely installation that challenges the narrative of American progress and in particular, African American progress through the selection, placement, and modification of books in a library of the artist’s own invention. Library of Black Lies was first exhibited in Wasteland at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris, followed by Arceneaux’s critically acclaimed Written in Smoke and Fire solo installation at MIT List Visual Arts Center in 2016.

The Library of Black Lies reflects on ‘the power of misunderstanding,’ a phrase the artist often uses when describing his work and it is imbued with further meaning in the backdrop of this installation and in this particular moment in the United States, when subterfuge, in the form of hacking, fake news, and false narratives about black culture loom large. Arceneaux presses for a closer look not only at what is patently true or false, but to look at the more complicated stories about the past that lead us to where we are now.

About the Artist
Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972 in Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles. Arceneaux was the director of the Watts House Project from 1999-2012. Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at Kunstverein Ulm, Germany; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; and the Project, New York, among others. He has been included in group shows at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac,Paris; Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Orange County Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunstmuseum Basel; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and many more.

About The Main Museum 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.

Visit www.themainmuseum.org for the full schedule of related programs and follow The Main Museum on social media for the most up-to-date information.

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Media Contact
Jessica McCormack
jessica@artsandculturepr.com

Oct. 11, 2016

"Performance Lessons" Press Release

The Main Museum of Los Angeles Art is a new cultural institution dedicated to LA art and artists. Its first iteration – Beta Main – opens on Sunday, October 30 with the inaugural project Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art. Located in the Old Bank District of downtown Los Angeles, Beta Main is the programmatic testing ground for the museum’s 100,000 square foot complex while undergoing construction. True to its name, Beta Main serves as a space to activate ideas for shaping The Main’s future programs, including residencies for LA artists. Throughout all phases of the institution’s development and specifically during Beta Main’s exhibitions, residencies, and public events, The Main will continue to refine its vision and methods as it learns from the public that it serves.

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