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.
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