ArtCenter Takes Over Main Museum Site

The Main Museum's former home in the Hellman Building. 

Last May, Downtown’s Main Museum launched a partnership with Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design. Then, in December, the museum abruptly closed and the staff departed. Now there are plans to revive it as an art space, as last week ArtCenter and building owner Gilmore Associates announced that the site at 114 W. Fourth St. will become a satellite location for the college.

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The first exhibit, a show of work from MFA candidates called Going Clear, will open May 16. Gilmore Associates, headed by Tom Gilmore and Jerri Perrone, will continue to own the building, and ArtCenter will rent the space for $1 a year for 10 years. It will be renamed ArtCenter DTLA.

“We’re grateful to Tom and Jerri for their generosity in providing us with this new Downtown space,” Art Center President Lorne Buchman said in a prepared statement. “We plan to serve as a resource to the L.A. art community by presenting exhibitions and programs integrating the mission of the former Main Museum with the mission of ArtCenter.”