Office Hours
Nov
1
to Nov 22

Office Hours

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Signups for Office Hours are now closed. Join The Main's email list to stay in touch about related programs for Office Hours and upcoming exhibitions.


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 Downtown L.A. artists (sorry, sign-ups are now closed) 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. Works should be two-dimensional and no larger than 3 ft. by 3 ft. because of limited space, we will not be able to hang works that exceed these dimensions. The resulting Office Hours exhibition will be on view Wednesday, November 29, through Sunday, December 17.

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Signups for Office Hours are now closed. 

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Workshop | Decolonizing the Body Through Dance: River Edition
Nov
12
10:00am10:00am

Workshop | Decolonizing the Body Through Dance: River Edition

Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 10am - 5pm

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

Admission is free; RSVP in advance here

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A workshop led by Brazilian-born dancer and choreographer, Marina Magalhães, Decolonizing the Body Through Dance is an ongoing series of workshops based on the belief that decolonization is a futuristic process of reclaiming and reinventing tradition. Alongside Magalhães, this iteration of the workshop was developed by The Main’s artist-in-residence Carolina Caycedo, in collaboration with Isis Avalos and Samad Guerra.

Carolina Caycedo’s River Serpent Book will be used as a score to catapult specific exercises around fluidity, containment, water, and environmental justice. Published in 2017, the foldout book encompasses five years of research and images on the significance and impact of damming rivers. Through both movement and conversations, dancers will develop a common language that will culminate in a public performance, following the workshop, on Sunday, November 12. Participants in the workshop are welcome to participate in the performance.

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Open to all. Some dance experience encouraged, but not necessary. Instruction will be available in English and Spanish.

Space is limited and registration is required. If you are interested in participating, please rsvp here


Holiday Wishlist Donations for Downtown Women’s Center at Beta Main

From now through the end of the year, Beta Main will be accepting donations for the Downtown Women’s Center holiday wishlist. Please bring donations with you to any of our upcoming programs, including the one listed above. For information about most needed items please visit: downtownwomenscenter.org.

Downtown Women’s Center

Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row.


Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina's artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs, and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist's process of research and acting. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups, and communities that are affected by developmental projects, like the construction of dams, the privatization of water, and its consequences on riverside communities.

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Marina Magalhães is a choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist from Brazil, based in Los Angeles. Magalhães’s work lives at the intersection between healing and provoking, social and concert dance, personal and political narrative, and traditional and contemporary practices. She has shared her unique movement approach throughout the US, Brazil, Cuba, Botswana and South Africa, earning her an LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography and critical acclaim from LA Dance Review, “the type of show that keeps concert dance relevant in our lives," and Creative Feel Magazine, “riveting… a physical and emotional feat." She is constantly crossing borders, in dance and life, and thus, builds bridges.

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Isis Avalos is a performing artist, teaching artist, and activist from South Texas, based in Los Angeles. Avalos received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas where she trained in Modern Release technique. Her influences of Mexican regional (folk) dance, Modern release, Jazz, hip-hop, and most recently House, create a vibrant and culturally-bold aesthetic to her movement.  Her activism through art derives from her lived experience as an undocumented child from Mexico and is now using her narrative as a form of social resistance through dance. Avalos is currently a touring performing and teaching artist for LA-based, Dance Activist company, CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. In 2014, she shared her movement in Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador as a Cultural Ambassador for the United States department of State through DanceMotionUSA. Making her the first U.S. Permanent Resident to travel abroad as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador.  Through her work as a teaching artist, Isis is constantly investigating the ways in which movement/performance art can powerfully humanize the undocumented experience in America.

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Samad Guerra began his arts training at the age of five, studying at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland, CA. He learned to play Djembe and Dundun, as well as dance the "gumboot" from South Africa. At home, his father mentored him in Jazz studies and introduced him to the tenor saxophone. Samad was named a California Arts Scholar after completing the rigorous California State Summer School for the Arts training program in 2004. While traveling to Cuba, Samad discovered his passion for Afro-Cuban dance and studied for a year under master artist José Francisco Barroso upon his return. In 2010, Samad moved to Los Angeles to pursue his B.A. in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance from UCLA. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship in 2014 to study Gnawa culture in Morocco, where he collaborated with local musicians and dancers on a multi-media project. Guerra completed his B.A. with honors in 2015. Currently, Samad dances full-time with CONTRA-TIEMPO (attracted to our blending of performance, activism, & community-building) and occasionally performs with Kim Bambula Productions and Viver Brasil.

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Nov
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Performance | River of Everyone River of No One

Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 6:30 - 8pm

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

Free Admission

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Experience a site-specific dance performance that embodies Carolina Cayedo’s River Serpent Book, a recently completed publication that encompasses five years of research on the significance and impact of damming rivers. Using the book as both a score and prop, the performance incorporates ideas about fluidity, water, containment, and environmental justice through African Diasporic dance practices.

Along with Caycedo, River of Everyone River of No One, was developed and will be performed by Marina Magalhães, Isis Avalos, Samad Guerra, and the participants of Decolonizing the Body Through Dance: River Edition, a workshop that convened prior at Beta Main.

Performance followed by Q & A.

Please note that the museum will be closed before the performance. Doors will open at 6pm.


Holiday Wishlist Donations for Downtown Women’s Center at Beta Main

From now through the end of the year, Beta Main will be accepting donations for the Downtown Women’s Center holiday wishlist. Please bring donations with you to any of our upcoming programs, including the one listed above. For information about most needed items please visit: downtownwomenscenter.org.

Downtown Women’s Center

Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row.


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Carolina Caycedo (1978, lives in Los Angeles) was born in London to Colombian parents. She transcends institutional spaces to work in the social realm, where she participates in movements of territorial resistance, solidarity economies, and housing as a human right. Carolina's artistic practice has a collective dimension to it in which performances, drawings, photographs, and videos are not just an end result, but rather part of the artist's process of research and acting. Through work that investigates relationships of movement, assimilation and resistance, representation and control, she addresses contexts, groups, and communities that are affected by developmental projects, like the construction of dams, the privatization of water, and its consequences on riverside communities.

Marina Bio photo Credit Bobby Gordon 2.jpg

Marina Magalhães is a choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist from Brazil based in Los Angeles. Magalhães’s work lives at the intersection between healing and provoking, social and concert dance, personal and political narrative, and traditional and contemporary practices. She has shared her unique movement approach throughout the US, Brazil, Cuba, Botswana and South Africa, earning her an LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography and critical acclaim from LA Dance Review, “the type of show that keeps concert dance relevant in our lives”, and Creative Feel Magazine, “riveting… a physical and emotional feat”. She is constantly crossing borders, in dance and life, and thus, builds bridges.

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Isis Avalos is a performing artist, teaching artist and activist from South Texas, based in Los Angeles. Avalos received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas where she trained in Modern Release technique. Her influences of Mexican regional (folk) dance, Modern release, Jazz, hip-hop, and most recently House, create a vibrant and culturally-bold aesthetic to her movement.  Her activism through art derives from her lived experience as an undocumented child from Mexico and is now using her narrative as a form of social resistance through dance.  Avalos is currently a touring performing/teaching artist for LA-based, Dance Activist company, CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. In 2014, she shared her movement in Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador as a Cultural Ambassador for the United States department of State through DanceMotionUSA. Making her the first U.S. Permanent Resident to travel abroad as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador.  Through her work as a teaching artist, Isis is constantly investigating the ways in which movement/performance art can powerfully humanize the undocumented experience in America.

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Samad Guerra began his arts training at the age of five, studying at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland, CA. He learned to play Djembe and Dundun, as well as dance the "gumboot" from South Africa. At home, his father mentored him in Jazz studies and introduced him to the tenor saxophone. Samad was named a California Arts Scholar after completing the rigorous California State Summer School for the Arts training program in 2004. While traveling to Cuba, Samad discovered his passion for Afro-Cuban dance and studied for a year under master artist José Francisco Barroso upon his return. In 2010, Samad moved to Los Angeles to pursue his B.A. in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance from UCLA. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Fellowship in 2014 to study Gnawa culture in Morocco, where he collaborated with local musicians and dancers on a multi-media project. Guerra completed his B.A. with honors in 2015. Currently, Samad dances full-time with CONTRA-TIEMPO (attracted to our blending of performance, activism, & community-building) and occasionally performs with KimBambula Productions and Viver Brasil.

 

 

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Nov
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Stand in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

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

Sunday, November 19 | 1-4pm

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 January 14, 2018.


Holiday Wishlist Donations for Downtown Women’s Center at Beta Main

From now through the end of the year, Beta Main will be accepting donations for the Downtown Women’s Center holiday wishlist. Please bring donations with you to any of our upcoming programs, including the one listed above. For information about most needed items please visit: downtownwomenscenter.org.

Downtown Women’s Center

Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row.


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Quiet Isn't Kept: Amplifications in Black Queer Voice
Oct
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

Quiet Isn't Kept: Amplifications in Black Queer Voice

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Sunday, October 1, 4–7pm

Doors open at 3:45pm; please note the museum will be closed before the program.

Beta Main | 114 W 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Free Admission

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Experience an afternoon of music and poetry, as artist Micah James brings together performers who explore the Black queer existence through a multitude of lenses.

Participating artists are Eddington AgainBapariBlack Gatsby, Brandon Drew HolmesMicah JamesThed JewelAmanda-Faye JimenezNaeem Juwan, and Adee Roberson.


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Micah James is an artist working in LA, making songs, stories, and videos. 


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Eddington Again makes Black classic music.


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Bapari (Arielle Baptiste) AKA Sensei Noir is a Los Angeles-based multigenre producer, DJ, and radio host. Her somber yet danceable soundscapes derive influence from Witch House, Synthpop, Hip-Hop, Techno, Post-Punk, and Bounce.


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Black Gatsby is an independent Pop prodigy based in Los Angeles. The soulful singer-songwriter and performer explores a wide range of inspirational elements, varying from Gospel and Blues to Electrotonic, Disco, and Hip-Hop. Growing up singing in churches from Oklahoma to Texas, Gatsby’s vocals boast a variety of influences from Slyvester James, David Bowie and Prince, to Janet Jackson, with a spine-chilling, modern twist.

Gatsby’s vocals have also been featured on records and remixes with Twin Shadow, Solange Knowles, and MS MR. 


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Brandon Drew Holmes is a writer, artist, and publisher. He makes work about white people for Black people.


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Naeem Juwan is an artist performing regularly as ‘Spank Rock.' A native of Baltimore, he currently resides in Minneapolis by way of Philadelphia. He is currently completing his third studio album for release in 2018.


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Thed Jewel was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is living to help through his abilities, which includes rapping.


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Amanda-Faye Jimenez is a Blaxican-queer-fat-femme writer and performer. She has performed in SORORITY at The Hammer Museum, the Radar Productions Queer Readings Series, and at the McDonald's in Silverlake next to her favorite gay bar. She loves palm trees, engaging her followers, and making niche memes on Instagram as @failureprincess


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Adee Roberson's works weave celestial landscapes with drum patterns, found photos, and synthesizers. Roberson has exhibited and performed in galleries and independent venues including the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. 

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Danza Azteca: Honoring the Past, Blessings for the Future
Sep
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Danza Azteca: Honoring the Past, Blessings for the Future

Sunday, September 24 | 2-3pm

Free Admission

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Within Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles is a portrait of Krystal Escalante, a student and performer of Danza Azteca. The image represents Montana's hopes for the next generation.
 
To celebrate the closing of Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles, Escalante and two dozen dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory and Xinaxcalmecac Academia Semillas del Pueblo in East Los Angeles, will perform a selection of danzas and songs in the Beta Main space.

All are welcome for an afternoon of dance, music, and blessings.

Krystal Escalante with her portrait taken by Star Montana, currently on view at Beta Main.

Krystal Escalante with her portrait taken by Star Montana, currently on view at Beta Main.

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Sep
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Poetas Potion: a night of poesía y palabra

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Wednesday, September 20 | 7:30 - 9:30pm

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

Admission is free; no RSVP required

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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 collective of womyn and gender nonconforming DJs spinning cumbia and funk. Zines and chapbooks from participating artists will be available for purchase. 

Participating poets: Alma Rosa, Yesika Salgado, Missy Fuego, Cynthia Guardado, and Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna


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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.

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About Meliza Bañales

Meliza Bañales aka Missy Fuego is the author of three books, most notably the 2016 Lambda Literary Finalist novel Life Is Wonderful, People Are Terrific from Ladybox Books. She was a fixture in the spoken word and Slam communities of the San Francisco Bay Area from 1996-2010 and has spent the past three years in her hometown of LA building with Xicanx youth in East & South LA, working on two new short films, as well as curating programming for La Concha and the Lambda Literary Foundation. She is a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego and is working on a fourth book, Adventure Awaits You In Hell: A Survivor's Manifesto which explores the culture and power of survivorship. 

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About Cynthia Guardado

Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian-American poet and professor of English at Fullerton College. Her debut collection of poetry Endeavor was published by World Stage press earlier this year. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Pellicer-Frost Binational Poetry Prize.

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About Xitalic Guijosa-Osuna

Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna is a Southeast L.A. Michoacana-Sinaloense, Mexicana poeta and visual artist. She is part of Proyecto Vecindad from Southeast Los Angeles a grassroots community organization and is currently part of Guayaba Tree Writers. She also creates greeting cards that represent her community and her madre. She writes about Guayabas, her Madre, her grandmothers, domestic violence,  and memories. These mediums have become her outlet to heal from trauma and has helped her connect with the world. 

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About Yesika Salgado

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city and her brown body. She has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the country. In the last four years she self published three collections of poetry titled The Luna Poems, WOES and Sentimental Boss Bitch. She is a member of the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team. Her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, TEDx and many other digital platforms. Yesika is the Co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire and an internationally recognized body positivity activist. Her first full length book Corazon will be published with Not A Cult, October of 2017.

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as·sem·ble: a performative reading
Jun
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

as·sem·ble: a performative reading

Join us for a performance and reading incorporating Senator Elizabeth Warren’s full remarks on then Senator Jeff Session's nomination as attorney general, Coretta Scott King’s letter, poetry, music from Arash Saedinia, and Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, currently on view at Beta Main. 

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Dec
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

UNDEFEATED: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2–4:30 pm
Free

We are waking up post election, some scared, some angry, some moved towards change. Artist Dorit Cypis will guide participants through activities to help us confront discord together. We are undefeated if we are willing to move beyond fixed positions, explore skills to deeply recognize our differences, assess our bias, ask questions of one another and dialogue towards embodied change.

This workshop will explore:

  • Somatic reflection to ground
  • Movement through space to locate
  • Dynamic listening to hear difference
  • Bias awareness to recognize resistance
  • Dialogue to explore possibility

About Dorit Cypis

Dorit Cypis's work explores history, identity, and social relations through performance, photography, text, and social sculpture at diverse cultural contexts internationally. Her conflict engagement services and programs are offered for civic, cultural, and education groups.

Current projects include: The Sighted See the Surface, an artwork honoring artist Michael Asher; North East Youth Council, guiding local youth as leaders of community enhancement projects and expansion of police relations; The Future of Policing, dialogues between communities and police across Los Angeles; Race Talk, facilitated dialogues on race identity. Dorit is a Founding Member of Mediators Beyond Borders, and past Chair, Middle East Initiative. She founded Kulture Klub Collaborative partnering artists and homeless youth to build expressions bridging survival and inspiration, and directed FAR, Foundation for Art Resources, partnering with private and public organizations to support cultural production in urban settings across LA.

Her essays have been published in art and mediation publications including most recently The Space of Conflict, Routledge Press. Dorit was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in 2014 as well as many previous awards. She earned a Masters of Fine Art, California Institute for the Arts, and Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University.

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