About Elana Mann

Elana Mann (b. 1980, Boston, MA) mines the fertile intersection of voice, sound, form and politics.

She has presented her work in museums, galleries, city parks and buses in the U.S and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; The Ford Foundation, New York; The Los Angeles Metro Buses through Freewaves; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro; The Getty Villa, Los Angeles; REDCAT, Los Angeles, and the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China.

Mann is a recipient of California Community Foundation’s Visual Arts Fellowship, two ARC grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation and a YoYoYo! Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. In 2013 she was the Amy Marie Sears Memorial Visiting Artist at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She has produced six publications, four of which are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Her projects have been covered by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, NPR, O Globo, El Pais, La Reuppublica and X-Tra Magazine, among others.

In addition to her individual studio artwork, Mann curates, collaborates, organizes, and writes. She is the co-founder, with artist Robby Herbst, of the curatorial project Chats About Change. Since 2005 she has collaborated with artist Audrey Chan as the duo Chan & Mann. Her writing has been published in the book In the Canyon, Revise the Canon, as well as periodicals including Afterall Journal, Art21, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

Mann received her B.F.A. with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. Mann lives in South Pasadena with her husband, designer Jean-Paul Leonard, and their son.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2007

  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA, Master of Fine Arts

2003

  • Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a major in sculpture, Summa Cum Laude

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2016

  • The Assonant Armory, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA
  • Talk through the hand, Baik Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014

  • Drone Duet, a collaboration with Matias Viegener, Digital Mural Project at the Culver Center of the Arts, UCR ARTSblock, Riverside, CA
  • All Ears, Mellon Arts Initiative, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

2013

  • 3 Solo Projects: Audrey Chan, Elana Mann, and Chan & Mann, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • Meet the Chans and Manns, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, CA (Chan & Mann)
  • Listening as (a) movement, Side Street Projects, Pasadena, CA

2012

  • Chann & Mhann: A Historical Retrospective, 2005-2012, Elephant, Los Angeles, CA (Chan & Mann)

2011

  • For more than one voice, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, CA
  • Die Gedanken Sind Frei (Our Thoughts Are Free), Jancar Gallery project space, Los Angeles, CA

2010

  • Artist Bailout: Renegade Bounty Exchange, a collaboration with Autumn Rooney, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

2007

  • The usefulness of forgetting, Gallery D300, CAlArts, Valencia, CA

2006

  • “Conversation Pieces,” a collaboration with Adam Overton, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

  • Me and City Hurt Each Other, The English Hospital, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
  • Black Mirror, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016

  • DIS...MISS, Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA

  • Ontology of Influence: Ron Leax and Alumni Exhibition, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

  • Gildless Age, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2015

  • Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance, with Chan & Mann, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • Wunderkammer, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA

2014

  • Writing Sound 2, Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway
  • Faculty Exhibition, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
  • Grand Rounds, Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA
  • After Noise, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, with Chan & Mann, LuXun Academy, Shenyang, China
  • Beaver, with Chan & Mann, The Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY

2013

  • Resonant Bodies: Landscapes of Acoustic Tension, ICI Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • Baker's Dozen V, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
  • The Hollow Center, Smak Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
  • Teach-In, Cypress College, Cypress, CA

2012

  • You are breathing in it! Alternative art practices, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
  • video.mix, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ
  • Attitude Cinema, Zoe Gallery, Rome, Italy (catalog)
  • re/spond/re/peat, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Radio Break--Artist Interventions in Broadcast Space, For Your Art, Los Angeles, CA

2011

  • Storefront Video, Transformer Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Beyond Conventions: Reimagining Human Rights in a Time of Change, Ford Foundation, New York, NY
  • SUR: Biennial, Los Angeles, CA
  • Some City Angels, Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • L.A. NAPOLI, Le Cercle Blanc Gallery, HBC, Berlin, Germany
  • Gathered in a Clearing, LEVEL, Brisbane, Australia
  • Open Daybook, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

2010

  • TBA: A Group Video Exhibition in 7 parts, Kristi Engel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Purpose of Being, a collaboration with Vera Brunner-Sung, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
  • Never Very Far Apart, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
  • Actions, Conversations, and Intersections, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)

2009

  • Grito e Escuta, 7th Mercosul Bienial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (catalog)
  • Print Matters, General Store, Sydney, Australia
  • Needle in a Haystack, Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA
  • Stay Bite: Modes of Operation, University of Texas, Dallas, TX

2008 

  • Just how does a patriot act: A response to US policy at home and abroad, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (catalog)
  • The Audacity of Desperation, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
  • From A to B: A Field Guide to the Urban Commute, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007

  • Deeesire, The Gatov Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, CA
  • The Girly Show, The Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (catalog)
  • The Collective Body, Galerie Califia, The Czech Republic
  • The Powder Room, Track 16, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
  • Abre-Alas, A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, BR

2006  

  • It was the blurst of times, Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, Houston, TX 

Selected performances and screenings

2014

  • Villa Murmurs, the Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA
  • Transmission, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2013

  • One, Two, Three, South of Sunset, Los Angeles, CA

2012

  • MIA screening series, the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
  • Myths of Rape (1977/2012), a recreation of a piece by Leslie Labowitz produced in collaboration with Audrey Chan, part of Three Weeks in Janaury by Suzanne Lacy, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA

2011

  • Women Represented, ArtLab+ Film Forum, Hirshhorn Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Out the window, Freewaves Los Angeles Metro Project, Los Angeles, CA
  • ARLA: Resonate! Receive!, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010

  • Violet Against Women: Confronting Notions of the Feminine, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ocean of Noise, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

2009

  • Retirement Bash, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Juste à côté de L.A.: CalArts Video, 2005-2007, Le Cinematographe, Nantes, France

2008

  • Conventions & Attitudes, the CUNY Graduate Center Art Gallery, New York, NY
  • alt_cph, Alternative Art Fair, Koh I Noor Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Come Out & Play; Supermasochist, Apex Art, New York, NY
  • Maulwerker Performing Music, SITUATIONS: Art. Life. Transitions. Interpenetrations, Berlin, Germany
  • Publicity, A reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s performance, part of "Allan Kaprow: Art as Life" at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Vasquez Rocks, CA

Awards/Grants/Residencies

2015

  • YoYoYo! Artist Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation

2013

  • Artist in Residence, Amy Marie Sears Memorial Visiting Artist Series, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Artist's Resource for Completion (ARC) Grant (for Chan & Mann)

2012

  • Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Artist's Resource for Completion (ARC) Grant 

2010

  • Philadelphia Art Hotel residency, Philadelphia, PA

2009

  • California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship for Emerging Artists
  • Kitty Chester Series of Curator’s Laboratory Projects, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2004   

  • Franconia Sculpture Park intern artist fellowship, Shafer, MN

2003   

  • John T. Milliken Traveling Scholarship, St. Louis, MO
  • Commencement Marshall, Valedictorian of the School of Art, St. Louis, MO
  • Secor Sculpture Award, St. Louis, MO
  • Crescent Hills Research Grant, Tyson Research Center, Eureka, MO

2002   

  • University City Public Sculpture Commission, St. Louis, MO

Curatorial projects

2015

  • Race Art & Survival - Michelada Think Tank & Chats About Change, organized with Robby Herbst, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chats about Change: Critical Conversations on Art and Politics, organized with Robby Herbst, California State University and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2012

  • Shares and Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project day of panels at the College Art Association, organized with Audrey Chan, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2009

  • Performing Economies, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2008

  • Exchange Rate: 2008, www.exchangerate2008.com (catalog)

2007   

  • Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions: 2007 CalArts Feminist Art Symposium  and  Exhibition, in partnership with the “WACK!” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • TROCA:USA, A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2005   

  • TROCA: Brasil, The Feldman Gallery + Project Space, The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Selected Lectures 

2016

  • Artist Lecture, Too Much Information, curated by Closing, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
  • Co-facilitator with Emily Hopkins and Letitia Ivins, Strange Bedfellows: Artists working with/in government, Open Engagement conference, Oakland, CA

2014

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, John Muir Charter School, Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, CA

2013

  • Panelist, Radical Reciprocity, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • Panel Moderator, Cuts & Clots: Queer Visual Art, Thinking Gender, 23rd Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Los Angeles, CA

2012

  • Panel co-chair with Audrey Chan, Colleagues, Co-conspirators, and Partners: Perspectives from Feminist Men, Shares and Stakeholders, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2011

  • Panelist, The Aesthetics of Deficit, a symposium sponsored by Woodbury College, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
  • Panelists, Progressivism and the Museum, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
  • Guest speaker, Still Doin’ It: Fanning the Flames of the Woman’s building, Otis College of Art and design, Los Angeles, CA
  • Panelist, New financial architecture for creative communities, State of Independence: A Global Forum on Alternative Practice, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

2010

  • Visiting Artist Lecture,  Pitzer College Media Studies Cinematheque, Claremont, CA

2009

  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2007

  • Panel Moderator, “Strategies for Contemporary Feminism,” for Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions symposium, with panel members Mary Kelly, CAtherine Lord, Andrea Fraser, CAlArts, March 10

Selected Writing and Publications

2015

  • “My Tribe: An interview with Senga Nengudi,” co-written with Vera Brunner-Sung, and “Between Radical Art and Critical Pedagogy, with Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz,” In the Canyon, Revise the Canon, edited by Geraldine Gourbe, Shelter Press: Switzerland

2014

  • “Searching for Murmurs of History,” The Getty Iris, June 21, 2014

2013

  • “Rupture and Continuity in Feminist Re-performance,” co-written with Audrey Chan and Alexandra Grant, Afterall Journal, Issue 33, Summer 2013

2012

  • "Radical Receptivities," co-authored with Juliana Snapper, Art 21 Blog, January 4

2010

  • We are the Art, created by Elana Mann, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • “The Participant,” Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Issue #7

2009

  • “Performing Economies” Day to Day, edited by Carolina Caycedo,
  • Exchange Rate: 2008, edited and published by Elana Mann, designed by Roman Jaster

Public Collections

  • Getty Research Institute

Selected Bibliography

  • Mizota, Sharon, “What to see in LA Galleries..." Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2016
  • Harren, Natilee, “Elana Mann: 500 words,” Artforum.com, October 11, 2016
  • Owen Driggs, Janet, “Chats About Change: Changing the Terms of Engagement,” KCET Artbound, February 5, 2015
  • Williams, Maxwell, “Chats About Change: The Intersection of Art and Activism,” KCET Artbound, January 14, 2015
  • Archer, Nicole, "Security blankets: uniforms, hoods, and the textures of terror, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Vol. 24, Issl 2-3, 2014
  • Moss, Avigail, “3 Solo Projects: Audrey Chan, Elana Mann and Chan & Mann,” exhibition brochure, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Summer 2013
  • Gardocki, Matthew and Moore, Catlin, “"Emergent Presence: 8 L.A. Artists You Should Know," Fabrik Magazine, Issue 21
  • Yank, Sue Bell, “In the Space Between Bodies: Women Artists and Occupy LA,” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal (London), vol. 32 (July 2013), Citizenship, pp.23-31
  • Jao, Carren, “Elana Mann Tunes noise out to let the signal in,” KCET Artbound, April 4, 2013
  • Colbert, Maile, “Radical Listening and the People’s Microphony: A conversation with Elana Mann,” Sounding out!, March 11, 2013
  • “Artist Bailout: Renegade Bounty Exchange,” the Guidebook of Alternative Nows, edited by Amber Hickey, published by the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2012
  • Wagley, Catherine, “Occupy Used a ‘People’s Microphone’ to Spread Info Through a Crowd. Now There’s a People’s Mic Choir,” LA Weekly, Sep. 17, 2012
  • Hebron, Micol, “Putting the Words Back into the F-Word. An Interview with Elana Mann and Audrey Chan,” Artpulse Magazine, Summer 2012
  • Xiao, An, “Turning the Seven Year Itch into a Retrospective,” Hyperallergic, April 18, 2012
  • Mayer, Anna, "Letter from Los Angeles," Proximity Magazine Issue #6, February, 2010
  • Conwell, Donna, “The Art of Commuting,” X-Tra Magazine, Vo.12, No. 1, Fall 2009
  • Denny, Drew, “Performing Economies: would we like a beer?” LA Record, July 20, 2009
  • Cornell, Lauren, Gioni, Massimiliano and Hoptman, Laura, Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory, New Museum and Phaidon Press, April 2009, pg. 332
  • Bosco, R, CAldana, S., “Los ‘netartistas’ ofrecen su vision de las elecciones norteamericanas,” El Pais, Thursday, October 30, 2008
  • Ruud, Claire, “Elana Mann on Exchange Rate: 2008” …might be good magazine, Issue #109 Bring Your Umbrella, Oct. 31, 2008
  • Sydell, Laura, “Los Angeles Exhibit shines light on Women in Art,” Weekend Edition, NPR, March 11, 2007
  • Muchnic, Suzanne, “Landmarks from a younger vantage,” Los Angeles Times, Sunday, March 4, 2007
  • Gallivan, Joseph, “Artists take a pit of Portland, come back with pieces of Rio,” The Portland Tribune, February 20, 2007
  • Osório, Luiz Camillo, “Exposição revela poética das trocas,” O Globo, February 9th, 2007
  • Orosco, Dolores, “O império contra-ataca,” Jornal do Brasil, Volume 116, No. 279, Saturday, January 13th, 2007