Kuwento Engkuwentro @ Pico House

May 16th, 2015

Kuwento Engkuwentro: Angeleno Folklore, Legends & Sidewalk Stories

May 14 - May 31, 2015
Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Tuesdays through Sundays: 10am to 4pm

SAVE THE DATE: May 31st, 4pm to 8pm Closing Ceremony

In celebration of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS and El Pueblo Historical Monument invite visual artists to participate in an exhibit that explores the folklore of the multicultural people who have come from all over to make Los Angeles their home.


  • the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.
  • A body of popular myth and beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people.

When we hear ‘folklore’ we think about hushed stories told around a fire - legends, tall tales, fables, and other seemingly unbelievable stories. But folklore is also traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practice. Every group with a sense of its own identity shares folk traditions –the things that members of the group traditionally believe (‘how the world began,’ family traditions), do (dance, play music), know (how to cook, how to build homes), make (weave, art, craft), or tell (stories, riddles, and legends).

There are stories not published in books, truths not taught in school, faith not found in a church. Stories passed down through generations that shaped the way we understood the world, defined our role in it, and were the beliefs we held most dear for as long as we know. Some of them are legendary, extending far and wide, past villages, past cities and over oceans. Always generational, passed down from ancestors to grandparents then to parents to children and grandchildren.

It is these little rituals in our everyday life that maintain the structure in society and in our lives. Without the stories and the lore, the people have no distinct and shared identity.

Participating artists:
Faustino Caigoy, Mark Canto, Charles Funk, Diyan, Nicanor Evans, Krystal Herrera, Diane Canizares, Rey Zipagan, Budz Floriano, Beth Parocha, Freyen Santiago, Jesus Silva, Audrey Chan, Chenhung Chen, Naomi Valdivia, Eliseo Eliseo Art A. Silva, Johnny Otillano, Victoria Tao, Diane Valencia, Yoshie Sakai, Alfie Numeric, Bodeck Hernandez, Carminnie Doromal

XX Redux @ Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University

February 1st, 2015

XX Redux: revisiting a feminist art collective
February 2 – March 14, 2015

Artist Reception & Catalogue Release: Sunday, March 1, 2015, 3PM-7PM
Video Screening: Monday, March 9, 2015 (Event time: TBA)

Guggenheim Gallery @ Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
(The gallery is located at the corner of Palm Avenue and Center Street.)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-5PM; Saturday, 11AM-4PM

The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University is pleased to announce XX Redux – revisiting a feminist art collective. Please join us for the artist reception on Sunday March 1, 2015 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. On this occasion we will present the exhibition catalog with essays by Nancy Buchanan and Elizabeth Dastin.

Join us also on Monday March 9, 2015 for a special screening of works by Audrey Chan and Elana Mann, Rachel Rosenthal, Barbara McCullough, and others.

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1 Image 1 Minute @ L.A. Art Book Fair

February 1st, 2015

at the LA Art Book Fair

Saturday, January 31, 2015
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

As part of the CABC – Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Project X and X-TRA are proud to announce another beloved 1 IMAGE 1 MINUTE event, organized by Micol Hebron, Project X and the LA Artists’ Book Conference Committee.

50 people present 50 images.
Fifty artists, curators, writers and members of the art-book community will give a one-minute lecture on a single image of their choosing. The resulting series of presentations offers an engaging survey of the way we interpret and relate to the static image. Based on Micol Hebron’s column in X-TRA, the concept was inspired by Agne?s Varda’s television series Une minute pour une image (1983).

Presenters: Chelle Barbour / Paco Barragan / Andrea Bowers / Carolyn Castaño / Audrey Chan / Fiona Conor / Sterling Crispin / Gary Dauphin / Travis Diehl / Eli Diner / Anne Ellegood / Rafa Esparza / Emi Fontana / Laura Fried / Sara Greenberger Rafferty / Siobhan Hebron / Robby Herbst / Marc Horowitz / John Houck / Suzanne Hudson / Niku Kashef / Dorna Khazeni / Eric Kim / Kris Kuramitsu / Lisa Gabrielle Mark / Jason Metcalf / Carolina Miranda / Sohrab Mohebbi / Alex Olson / Christina Ondrus / Janet Owen Driggs / Dushko Petrovich / Isaac Resnikoff / Matt Rich / Ben Lee Ritchie Handler / Judith Rodenbeck / Addison Rose Vincent / Tamarind Rosetti / Miljohn Ruperto / Peter Russo / Shizu Saldamando / Asha Schechter / Alex Shabtai / Nicola Verlato / Anuradha Vikram / Catherine Wagley / Brica Wilcox / Suzanne Wright / Amir Zaki /

For more information: http://x-traonline.org/events/1-image-1-minute-at-the-laabf/

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance @ MCASD La Jolla

December 10th, 2014

Chan & Mann, Chan & Mann’s New Fantasy (The Video), stills from HD video, 16:29 min., 2013

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance
Curated by Jill Dawsey
MCASD La Jolla
700 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037-4291
January 23-April 15, 2015

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance explores the recent turn toward comedic performance in and as contemporary art. The exhibition features twenty artists who engage the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy as a means to rethink questions of artistic performativity, audience participation, and public speech. If stand-up evokes the image of an isolated figure, spot-lit on a stage, this form of comedy resonates with contemporary artists precisely for its direct if uncertain relation to an audience or public. Artists today look to stand-up comedy as well for its emphatic embodiment and its ability to upend hierarchies and power relations. Indeed, stand-up offers a forum in which comics and artists alike may examine stereotypes and taboos, testing what can and can’t be said. The exhibition suggests that this format makes particular sense to artists at a moment when they—like citizens everywhere—are seeking new modes of public address (think of the widespread use of social media, for example, or the recent emergence of the human microphone within the context of the Occupy movement).
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Gettin’ Off the Ground: Contemporary Stories from an American Community

August 25th, 2014

A Few of Her Favorite Things
, gouache, metal leaf, and varnish on paper, 2014

Gettin’ Off the Ground: Contemporary Stories from an American Community
Curated by Isabelle Lutterodt
Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
September 14, 2014-January 9, 2015
Opening reception: Sunday, September 14, 3-5pm, gallery walkthrough at 3:30pm

MAIN GALLERY II features artwork that explores coming to terms with concepts such as love, loss, growth, light and dark that are part of our collective narrative and human condition. Artists: Alexandra Grant, Audrey Chan, Nuttaphol Ma, Sergio Teran, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

On October 4th from 1-3pm, the gallery will bring artists, organizations and labor activists together for a conversation titled “Art as Action: Art is Action”. The conversation will explore how art is used within different sectors to better understand the human condition.

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 12-5pm (through October 25), closed on major holidays

Transforming Feminisms

August 25th, 2014

Preparatory sketch for Center of the Universe, Ahma (detail), tracing paper, ink, tape, Xerox print, 2013

Center of the Universe, Ahma (detail)
, inkjet on paper, 2013-2014

Transforming Feminisms
Curated by Peggy Sivert Zask
South Bay Contemporary
550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 261, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
September 13-October 25, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, September 13, 6-9pm
Artist talk: Saturday, October 11, 5-7pm

“Women’s fight for equal rights is essentially a humanist and peaceful struggle for true democracy, and a higher form of civilization.”
–Leyla Zana, Kurdish politician and human rights activist

Transforming Feminisms invites multiple generations of artists from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds to share their identities and perspectives on women’s issues. The artists were paired and asked to discuss their views and to create art in response. The exhibition will display each generational pair of artworks together so they can be viewed as a personal expression of women’s identity from one generation to the next.

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Press release


Chan & Mann website!

August 8th, 2014

Chan & Mann are proud to present their new website: chanandmann.com! The site archives Audrey Chan and Elana Mann’s ongoing collaborative projects since 2005. Website design by Drew Woods.

Thaumatrope, First Street Gallery

June 20th, 2014

First Street Gallery, 250 W. 1st Street, Suite 120, Claremont, CA, 91711
June 2 - July 11, 2014

Artists: Chan & Mann, Victor Frias, Kiel Johnson, Jay Lizo, Matt MacFarland, Dru McKenzie, Nathan Murri, Christine Nguyen, Nancy Popp, Jean Robison, Yoshie Sakai, Macha Suzuki, Jennifer Tamashiro, Christian Tedeschi, Devon Tsuno, Evan Wright & Joe Zaldivar

Thaumatrope is a group show curated by Elonda Billera Norris, Janice Gomez and Fatima Hoang, founders of Summercamp’s ProjectProject, an artist run space based in Los Angeles. For this third installment of First Street Gallery’s Other Eyes Guest Curator Program, they have invited artists to make work in response to, or in collaboration with, First Street Gallery artists for an exhibition which offers a blend of style, process and inspiration that reflects the wide range of this eclectic group of artists.

First Street Gallery Art Center is an exhibition resource and arts management center for adults with developmental disabilities in Claremont, California. It is a unique art center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation founded on the proposition that human potential for creativity and artistic expression is not limited by physical or intellectual challenges. Through cultivation of artistic expression, people with significant challenges can develop creatively and make important contributions to the cultural and economic life of their communities.

The Next Starts Now: Civic Artists Prequalified List 2014-16

June 3rd, 2014

The List is an important resource for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program. Artists included are prequalified for upcoming Los Angeles County civic art opportunities from 2014 through 2016. Additionally, public art programs across the United States will reference the list for curatorial research.



LA Heat on NPR’s The Salt

May 31st, 2014

Read “Hot Sauce Art: LA Museum Honors Srirachs and Tapatio” (May 29, 2014) by Sam Dean on NPR’s The Salt: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/29/317044485/sriracha-and-tapatio-set-los-angeles-artists-afire-in-la-heat

Audrey Chan’s painting, Proposal for a Mural Dedicated to David Tran, might at first seem like a simple ode to Sriracha’s Vietnamese creator and his success story. But [Steven] Wong says that once again, there’s more than meets the eye. The painting isn’t just a proposal for a mural, but a commentary on the genre of community murals as a whole. “While it honors the history of David Tran,” Wong says, “at the same time it’s analyzing and deconstructing that way of communicating history.”

L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments is on view at the Chinese American Museum through July 12, 2014.