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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