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Last Updated on April 9, 2021

Over the course of three weeks in November, The Main’s director Allison Agsten, met with fifty Downtown area artists on a first come, first served basis. The on-site visits offered an intimate opportunity to form personal connections while also opening a dialogue about the making of the museum. At the end of each meeting, every artist was able to leave one of their works or documentation of it to be installed in Beta Main. Later, the fifty artists gathered to meet each other, followed by a public opening.

This year, The Main introduced a new addition to Office Hours with In Focus: Rachel DuVallIn Focus highlights 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 are on view along with works by participants of this year’s Office Hours program.


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.


Workshop | Indigo Dyeing with Rachel DuVall

Workshop led by Rachel DuVall in conjunction with her exhibition In Focus: Rachel DuVall.DEC 16, 2017Opening Reception | Office Hours + In Focus: Rachel DuVall

Opening for Office Hours + In Focus: Rachel DuVall with a hosted bar by Fort Point Beer Company and DJ sets by the Vinyl Frontier Club.NOV 29, 2017Office Hours

Allison Agsten, director of The Main, will meet one-on-one with 50 Downtown L.A. artists in Beta Main. Signups are now closed.NOV 1, 2017 – NOV 22, 2017