Bio

Chan & Mann (comprised of Audrey Chan and Elana Mann) formed as a collaborative duo in 2005 with the aim to liberate, motivate, and gyrate through feminist and ethnic role-play within live, painted, and animated realities. They are inspired by their suburban upbringings, multicultural education, and ‘90s issue-based pop culture. Chan & Mann’s projects mine the historical continuum of feminist art practice, engaging with multiple generations and audiences. Their performances include motivational sessions, satire of didactic edutainment, and activist-based public works. Their interest in feminist community-building led them to co-organize Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions: 2007 CalArts Feminist Art Project (exquisiteacts.org) at California Institute of the Arts, and Shares & Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the 100th Annual College Art Association Conference (sharesandstakeholders.com) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2012.

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EDUCATION

2007 MFAs, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

PROJECTS
2015
[forthcoming], Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, California (solo exhibition)

Laugh­in: Art, Comedy, Performance, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, California, curated by Jill Dawsey (group exhibition)

2014

Identity, gallery nine5, New York, New York, curated by Anne Swartz and Maria Elena Buszek (group exhibition)

Rethink Environment, presented by RECAPS and Human Resources, Los Angeles, California (group exhibition)

Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, curated by Alma Ruiz (group exhibition and cultural exchange)

Thaumatrope: A Visual Dialogue, First Street Gallery, Claremont, California (group exhibition) Beaver, CPR ­ Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, New York (group exhibition) Visiting Artist Lecture, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (lecture)

2013

A Germ Grows Into Life, Chin’s Push, Los Angeles, California (group exhibition)

3 Solo Projects, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, curated by Meg Linton (solo exhibition)

Meet the Chans & Manns, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, California (solo exhibition)

2012

Chann & Mhann: A Historical Retrospective, 2005­2012, Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, California (solo exhibition)

Visiting Artist Lecture, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (lecture)

Myths of Rape (2012), performance by Audrey Chan and Elana Mann, a reinterpretation of Leslie Labowitz­Starus’ Myths of Rape (1977), part of Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in May (1977).
The production was presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) for Three Weeks in January (2012) as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival. (performance)

Shares & Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the 2012 College Art Association Conference held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (symposium)

2008

A MANNdate for CHANge, Exchange Rate: 2008, Remy’s on Temple, Los Angeles, California (performance)

2007

Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions: 2007 CalArts Feminist Art Project, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (exhibition and symposium)

2006

NATURE! This One’s For You!, This River is Our Parade, Santa Clara River, Santa Clarita, California, organized by Fritz Haeg (performance)

2005

Soul Satisfaction, Sounding Out: New Music and Performance, Main Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California (performance)

AWARDS
2013
ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation

PUBLICATION

Audrey Chan, Alexandra Grant, and Elana Mann. “Rupture and Continuity in Feminist Re­performance.” Afterall Journal 33, Summer 2013, pp. 38­45.

PRESS

Paul Fraser. “‘Chan and Mann’ Collaborate in New Exhibition at Otis College.” 24700 Blog, CalArts, August 2, 2013.
Catherine Wagley. “Five Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Gary Cooper’s Architect and July 4 Karaoke.” LA Weekly, July 3, 2013.

Avigail Moss. “3 Solo Projects: Audrey Chan, Elana Mann and Chan & Mann.” Exhibition brochure, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, 2013. Micol Hebron. “Putting the Words Back into the F­Word. An Interview with Audrey Chan and Elana Mann.” ARTPULSE Magazine, No. 12 Summer 2012.

An Xiao. “Turning the Seven Year Itch into a Retrospective.” Hyperallergic, April 18, 2012. Catherine Wagley. “Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including Murdered Paintings.” LA Weekly, February 22, 2012.
Christine Palma. “Myths of Rape Performance at the 2012 LA Art Show–Interview with Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz­Starus.” KXLU Los Angeles, January 24, 2012.

Diane Calder. “Myths of Rape (1977/2012) at the L.A. Art Show.” Artweek.LA, January 23, 2012