Curriculum Vitae


  • USC Roski School of Art & Design- Master's  2013

  • Program: Comparative literature, Contemporary Art History, and Curatorial Practices

  • Art History Ph.D. coursework in Comparative Literature -Trauma and Memory in Latin America and Spain

  • USC Roski School of Art & Design, Art History | Studio

  • Glendale Community College,  Graphic Design | Drawing

  • UCLA, Art History | Theatre Arts      

Curatorial Projects:

  • Black Bodies in Propaganda, NW African American Museum, 2016

  • Posing Beauty, NW African American Museum, 2015

  • Jimi Hendrix Environmental Paintings, NW African American Museum, 2015

  • Colored Girls: Works of Art by Women of the African, Asian and Latin Diaspora, Autonomie, 2015

  • A Book as a Work of Art for All, Autonomie Projects, 2015 

  • Tania Bruguera: The St. Francis Effect, Santa Monica Museum, 2014 (participant) 

  • Madame Bovary, Mieke Bal, Ph.D., Cultural theorist and Michelle Gawker, 2014 

  • LAXART's Office Hours with Tania Bruguera, USC Curatorial Practicum, 2013  

  • Between Bodies, USC Curatorial Practicum, 2013  

  • Carttetillas en la Cuidad (Havana, Cuba Biennial) Samuel Riera Gallery, Vedado, Cuba, 2012 

  • Obedientes, Samuel Riera Gallery, Vedado, Cuba, 2012


Research and Published Texts

  • Diasporagasm, 2017. Catalog essay 

  • Walter Hopps: Redefining the Artworld. Essay. /seconds. Edition #16, Sharjah, UAE. November 30, 2017

  • TANKAH: De Las Tinieblas Hacia el Sol/From The Underworld To The Sun, 2017. Catalog Essay

  • No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992, (2017) California African American Museum. KCET Art Bound Review

  • Dominique Moody, Signifying Form, 2017. Catalog Essay

  • Following the Spirit: Paper--Selected Works by Belkis Ayon and Ana Mendieta, 2014

  • In Studio with Yrneh Gabon, Visibly/Invisible, California African American Museum, 2014.  Catalog essay

  • Performance of Memory and Ritual: Selected Works by Ana Mendieta and Tania Bruguera, 2013. Thesis

  • Operation Pedro Pan, 2013, Thesis

  • Women Weavers of the Bauhaus, 2013 

  • Renee Cox: Black Feminism and Photography, 2012


 Art Exhibitions | Group Shows

  • "Mothership: An Exploration into Afrofuturism” (2020) Oakland Museum of California

  • "Transformations" (2020) The Wende Museum

  • "Masterpiece" (2020) Band of Vices Gallery

  • "The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind The Iron Curtain"  (2019) The Wende Museum)

  • "Metropolis: A Snapshot of Art Making in Los Angeles" (2019) Bruce Lurie Gallery

  • "Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise" (2019) The Armory  

  • "Continuant" (2019) Noysky Gallery

  • "Plus One" (2019) Art Share Los Angeles

  • "You Is Pretty: Surrealism and the Black Imaginary" (2018) Band of Vices Gallery 

  • "House of Witnessing," Simone Leigh/BWA for BLM, Project Row Houses, Houston, 2017

  • "Mass Incarceration"  HVW8 Gallery, 2017

  • "Black and Brown Love is Revolutionary" Ave 50 Gallery, 2017

  • "Black Lives Matter Altar," BLM, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 2016

  • Artists of Color Flash Mob, Hammer Museum, 2016

  • "Hard Edged" California African American Museum, 2015

  • One Image-One Minute (performance), Gallery Tally, 2015

  • Performance, The Descent of Alette: A Reading, Alice Notley, Khalil Huffman, 2014 

  • Riley Mann, See Me, Times Square, NY, Photography FInalist, 2013 

  • Untitled, C.O.L.A., LA Municipal Art Gallery, 2008 

  • Cultural Exchange with Karen Chu, Karen Koblitz, USC Hillel Art Gallery, 2007 

  • Wasted Lives (7 min. Video) Lindhurst Gallery, 2006 

  • Faces in the Office (video), USC Fisher Gallery, 2005 

  • Freddie Roaches Boxing Gym, 5-channel video-PanoChamber Project, USC School of Engineering, 2005 

  • Wasted Lives (7 min. Video) Intermedia, Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, 2004

Public Presentations

  • Discussant: “How Will Feminist Culture Engage the Future?". College Art Association, 2018

  • Moderator: "We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1960-1985." CAAM Symposium, 2018  

  • Discussant—Twilight: 25 Years After the LA Riots, Intersectionality, 2017

  • Conversation with Yrneh Gabon, Dragonflies Water, and Fire, Otis College of Art, 2016

  • Discussant—Social and Public Art in Los Angeles Today, Southwest Los Angeles College, 2016

  • Discussant— Hard Edge exhibition,."  California African American Museum, 2016

  • Presenter: "Harmon and Harriet Kelly: African American Works on Paper. Northwest  African Museum, 2015

  • Discussant: "Navigating the Art Institution," California Community Foundation, 2015

  • Discussant: Lili Bernard Otis Graduate, Micro–Aggression in Academia, 2014

  • Doris Salcedo: Locating the Trauma and Memory in Selected Works, 2013. 


Photographic Documentation

  • Rafa Esparza, A Meditation on Freedom, Los Angeles, 2015

  • I Feel As If I Have Two Wolves Fighting in My Heart, Stephanie Allespach, LACE, 2012

  • Trespass Parade with Arto Lindsay and Rirkrit Tiravanija Getty-sponsored, region-wide initiative,

  • Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, 2011

  • West of Rome Public Art Trespass Party with Arto Lindsay and Rirkrit Tiravanija, Union Station, 2011



  • USC Trojan Magazine.  USC Alumna Chelle Barbour Brings Improvisation to Art “Chelle Barbour: A multidisciplinary artist creates portraits that reimagine notions of black women,” Spring 2019


  • Art and Cake. Chelle Barbour’s You Is Pretty!  By Genie Davis, 2018


  • Gallery Girls: “In Conversation with Chelle Barbour: Dazzling Debut Show of Afro-Surrealist Collages Curated by Angela Bassett”, 2018 afrosurrealist-collages-curated-by-angela-bassett



  • ArtWeek



  • Laura Luna. “In Conversation w/Melvin Marshall - Band of Vices Gallery - Chelle Barbour You Is Pretty!”                      barbour-you-is-pretty


       William Poundstone on Art and Chaos


  • The Grio. “Angela Bassett co-curates dynamic art show exploring portrayals of Black women in media.” By  Kia Morgan-Smith, September 10, 2018 women-in-media/

Professional Affiliations

  • Tacoma Art Museum, 30 Americans Exhibition Advisory Board                                           

  • Advisory Board Member, Arts Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ

  • Society of Hysteric Curators

  • College Art Association

  • Alliance of Museum Professionals

    Click here to download CV:


© 2020  Riley Mann