Poetas Potion: a night of poesía y palabra
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

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. Participants to be announced closer to the program date.


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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Office Hours
to Nov 22

Office Hours

Onsite Sign-ups: Available at the museum's front desk beginning at noon on Monday, October 9. (Onsite sign-ups only available on Monday, October 9)

Online Sign-ups: Available here beginning at noon on Monday, October 9. (Online 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. 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.

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. Participants from the 2016 Office Hours program are not eligible to sign up for this year's program.

Sign ups will be available here beginning at noon on Monday, October 9.

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as·sem·ble: a performative reading
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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2:00pm 2:00pm

UNDEFEATED: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2–4:30 pm

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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