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Hungry Ears: A Panel with Audrey Chan, Sara Daleiden, and Naomi Okuyama
April 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Hungry Ears is a virtual panel that will examine ongoing art and equity issues in the greater Los Angeles area, a region that is reckoning with vast inequalities, systemic racism and Covid-19 recovery. This conversation will consider a number of local projects including: The Care We Create, a large scale mural on the façade of SoCal ACLU by Audrey Chan, the Art of Recovery initiatives organized by Sara Daleiden, one of which taking place at 18th Street Art Center, and Belmar Art + History, a public artwork in Santa Monica administered by Noami Okuyama. This conversation considers how artists and arts administrators can be key community organizers in movements for social change. The event will culminate with a percussive performance by Corey Fogel involving Elana Mann’s instruments.
This panel is part of Elana Mann‘s solo exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery titled Year of Wonders, redux, on view from March 29 – July 2, 2021. This is an exhibition of sculptural folk instruments, video, and works on paper, all part of an ongoing series of sono-sculptures since 2014. As is common in Mann’s practice, and in the history of folk music, these works reflect the time period in which they are made. Year of Wonders, redux was born out of the nation’s unfolding political changes, passionate social movements, and the global coronavirus pandemic. They acknowledge the manifold obstacles to our ever present desire as human beings to be together.
The sculpture works in the exhibition were first created and exhibited in the fall of 2020 at Artpace, San Antonio, TX. These pieces are intended for use in protest spaces, and although each instrument functions differently, they all prioritize a range of sounds and body types to amplify the human voice.
[image caption: Elana Mann, Our work is never done (unfinished business) (detail), 2020. Fiberglass, resin, enamel, and paint. Photo by Beth Devillier. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. Courtesy of the artist.]
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Naomi Okuyama is the public art supervisor for the City of Santa Monica, where she develops new and continuing commissions and administers the City’s public art collection. For the City, she established the Beach=Culture presenting series at the Annenberg Community Beach House, participatory programs at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park, and an artist residency program. She has worked for a variety of music, theater, and media arts organizations including the San Francisco Opera, the Bay Area Video Coalition, the Da Camera Society and Zeum. As a performer and director, she has created works of theater, radio plays, and improvised music. She produced the first “Alternative Audio Tour” of the Yale University Art Gallery and received an MFA in 2007 from Yale University.
Audrey Chan is a Los Angeles-based artist, illustrator, and educator. Her research-based projects use drawing, painting, public art, and video to challenge dominant historical narratives through allegories of power, place, and identity. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA with Honors from Swarthmore College. She was commissioned by LA Metro to create a large-scale public artwork for the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Metro Station, opening in 2022. She was a Visiting Artist Faculty in the Program in Art at California Institute of the Arts and the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at the ACLU of Southern California.
Sara Daleiden facilitates civic engagement within developing landscapes, exercising arts and cultural exchange strategies. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee through her initiative MKE<->LAX, she encourages local cultures to value neighborhoods, public space, civic art, entrepreneurship and racial and gender equity. Sara has an expertise in working with artists and other cultural entrepreneurs for civic engagement, creative placemaking, network development and small business development.
Elana Mann explores practices of listening and amplifies voices that are yet unheard, with the goal of building equanimity in ourselves and increasing equity in our world. She creates artwork that brings a greater consciousness to the listening and speaking we practice in everyday life. Mann received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA. Mann has had recent solo exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, Artpace San Antonio, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Commonwealth & Council, and Otis College of Art and Design. Selected group exhibitions and screenings include The Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, The Hirshhorn Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, and REDCAT. She has been commissioned to create socially engaged artworks by Montalvo Arts Center, the Getty Villa, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Corey Fogel is a drummer and artist living in Los Angeles, CA. His practice is based on improvisational encounters with musicians, objects, textiles, and organic matter. Fogel engages the viewer to consider sound as a medium on par with paint and cellulose, a constant in our daily lives. He challenges us to consider the contexts in which we create, store, and understand sound. Fogel’s works have been presented at LACMA, Human Resources; Redling Fine Art; The Wulf, The Hammer Museum, The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, REDCAT; Los Angeles; and New Music for Strings Festival: Reykjavik. His performance work was also included in J. Paul Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and West of Rome’s Trespass Parade. Corey was awarded The California Community Foundation 2014 Fellowship in Visual Arts. Corey is currently working on his Ph.D. in UC Irvine’s Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) program.