Nancy Buchanan

Nancy Buchanan: Lines of Enquiry

“There is an ethical core to her artistic practice…At the same time, a disarming element of ‘serious play.’” —Afterall

“Mainstream media…has served well as a target for Buchanan’s strategy of black humor and political critique.” —Resolutions

Jack H. Skirball Series

Since the early 1970s, Nancy Buchanan’s work in video has been marked by her consistent exploration of the spaces between political essay, poetry and performance. This screening presents an overview of her remarkable career, starting with early videos that disrupt representational stereotypes through feminist critique, such as Primary and Secondary Spectres (1989), to her polemics of the 1980s and 1990s that address such issues as real estate speculation and U.S. interventionism in Latin America, including Sightlines (1989) and American Dream #7 (1991). Other pieces combine political awareness with dry humor (Pursed, 2003–4, with Cynthia Maughan; Horses, 2009), as well as insightful explorations of cultures at times of momentous changes, such as her collaboration with Sanda Agalidi, Windows and Mirrors (1995), shot in Romania.

In person: Nancy Buchanan

Funded in part with generous support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

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MON 2/11
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff