Allison Agsten is Director of the Main Museum, a new contemporary art museum slated for downtown Los Angeles.

Previously she was the Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum. She was appointed to her post in 2010 to lead an innovative new curatorial program focused on creating an exchange between visitors and the museum through works of art. The projects she oversaw at the Hammer Museum spanned genres and media, from music to publishing, with a bent toward social practice.

Agsten previously worked at LACMA, where she developed a number of pioneering digital projects, and prior to that at CNN, where she was a producer regularly covering the arts.

Allison Agsten will serve as a judge for the 2016 Art and Olfaction Sadakichi Award for Experimental Scent, marking the second consecutive year of her involvement.

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