Nancy Buchanan

Currently based
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Nancy Buchanan is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice includes installation, drawing/mixed media, performance and video. Politically outspoken against nuclear war and American international policies, Buchanan began performing in the 70s during the first wave of Los Angeles performance artists. She found a new kind of performance stage in portable video equipment. Her use of media evolved as new technologies were made accessible, including single channel works, miniature sculptures with video, public installation work, and finally interactive computer-based projects; she received a Rockefeller Fellowship in New Media to complete Developing, an interactive work about home, housing, and land speculation.

Buchanan has long been involved in the support of other artists. She was a founding member of F Space Gallery in Orange County, as well as Grandview Galleries at the Los Angeles Woman's Building, CLOSE Radio, and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in its early years. For 10 years, she assisted activist Michael Zinzun in the production of Message to the Grassroots, his monthly cable TV show and traveled to Namibia to document its independence process in 1991. She taught video workshops to youth and adults, and helped organize local exhibitions in traditional and non-traditional spaces, such as an empty furniture store and a former LA jail. For 23 years she was an educator and mentor to students in the Film/Video School of CalArts.

Buchanan’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MOMA, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and MOCA, Los Angeles.


2016 Agitprop! Brooklyn Museum; (videotapes with and about Michael Zinzun).
2015 Jonny, Insitu, Berlin, Germany
A Performative Trigger:Radicals of Irvine, University Art Gallery, UC Irvine

Video Art (1970-1980): The Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive at the Getty Research Institute, Broome Gallery, CSU Channel Islands
The Experimental Television Center: A History, Etc . . . 205 Hudson St. Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
RE-ACTION, University of Oviedo, Asturias, and Barjola Museum, Gijón, Spain
XX Redux, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
PROTEST, Femlink TV; <>; Mamia Brétéché Gallery, Paris, France

2014 RISE: Love, Revolution & The Black Panther Party; LA Art Share, Los Angeles, CA
State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

2013 Influx:Art at LAX; (digital prints, Terminal One)
re.act.feminism 2-A performing archive; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Nancy Buchanan: Lines of Enquiry, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

2012 re.act.feminism 2; Galerija Miroslav Kraljević, Zagreb, Croatia; Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark; Tallinna Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artists' Film Club: Work from the Experimental TV Center Archive, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London,
LA RAW:Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles; Pasadena Museum of California Art

2011 Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California; Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Video Weeks, Galerie Waldburger, Brussels, Belgium (solo exhibition, Please Sing Along, performance video, 1974).
Universe City, California State University, Los Angeles (Society, video, 2005; Canon of Commerce, video, 2005)
Sympathetic Magic, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (These Creatures, video, 1979, Primary & Secondary Spectres, video, 1979, Barbarism Documents #6, 9, 10, m/m collages, 2009-10)

2010 “Steps” International Rights Film Festival, Kiev Cinema House, Ukraine (Death of Socrates, XIV, 2009)
Newtown Presents: Convergences; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
The Linguistic Turn; Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA
Bourgeois Problems
; Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Miscellaneous Documents; The Box, Los Angeles, CA
Videoarte en Los Ángeles (1970-1984); Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain

2009 Post-War Festival 2009; The Red Jail, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Video DADA; University Art Gallery, UC Irvine, CA
365 and Counting; Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA
4th of July; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SWAN Day Berlin (Support Women Artists Now); Berlin, Germany
re.act.feminism (video archive); Akademie der Künste, Berlin; International Festival of Contemporary Art City of Women in Ljubljana; & Kunsthaus Erfurt

2008 California Video, Getty Institute, Los Angeles, CA
At the Brewery Project; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Heartland Film II, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
The Long Weekend; site-specific installations, Pasadena, CA through Phantom Galleries, LA
Artrole Presentations: Hull, UK, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; various schools, Trade Fair, Erbil, Iraq
I-Dentity, University of Missouri Fine Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Film Program, Blum + Poe Gallery, Los Angeles; 3 fates, three-channel video installation (monitors)

2007 Women Artists of Southern California: then+ now, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Touched: Artists and Social Engagement, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Belfry: Video Projection, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2006 Los Angeles 1955-1985, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France (catalogue)
Decoys and Destructions, Overtones, Culver City, CA (catalogue)
The Generic Remix Project, screening, REDCAT (Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
"ANIMAL," Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
Move! Housing and the Struggle for a Livable L.A., Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research, Los Angeles
The Drop, Exit Art, New York

2005 Bridges Above and Beyond; Trek Thunder Kelly Fine Art and Grand Canal, Venice, CA
This is the Place, This is the Thing, This is the Person... The Brewery Project, Los Angeles

2004 Shutters, UB Art Museum, SUNY Buffalo
Mean Times. . . Back at Home, BC Space, Laguna Beach, CA
DPI—Digitally Propelled Ideas, Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona
War, Peace and Civil Liberties, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
there is no place like place, One Night Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
“Revolt,” She Said, MLF (Mouvement de la Liberation des Femmes), Forde Independent Space for Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland

2003 Sleep Secure <>
D.U.M.B.O. Short Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Pretty Lies, Dirty Truths, BC Space, Laguna Beach, CA
High Performance: The First Five Years, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Installation Exhibit, Gallery 825, West Hollywood, CA
Democracy When? LACE, Los Angeles
Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose,

2001 +/- (space) 4; Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2000 6th Triennial of Art & Ecology: American Dreams; Umetnostna Galerija, Maribor, SLOVENIA
Video Time; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1999 Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000; Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LA Freewaves; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Geffen), Los Angeles
Home Fronts; (window exhibit) The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
COLA (City of Los Angeles Awardees); Hammer Museum, Westwood, CA
Extremely Shorts III; Houston, TX

1998 LA Stories: Engaging the City, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Free Speech TV, national cable program
XX:The Happening (20 Years, 20 Performers, 20 Bucks) LACE Anniversary, Hollywood Athletic Club
1997 Zones of Disturbance; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
Mill Valley Film & Video Festival, Mill Valley, CA
Interpenetrations, Northern Illinois Gallery, Chicago in conjunction with ISEA—the Eighth International Symposium on Electronic Art
Interactive Zone, 10th Annual Dallas Video Festival, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

1996 Celebration of 25 Years of the Experimental Television Center, Art in General, New York, NY
California State University, San Marcos

1995 Media Culpa; Bucharest, Romania
FIVA Online; digital exhibition on World-Wide Web (sponsored by Media Renaissance Inc., Montreal
Visible Evidence III: Strategies & Practices in Documentary Film & Video, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Artist/Activist CD-ROMs; LA Freewaves at University of Southern California

1995 Digital SITE: art/computer interface; SITE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Interactive Communities, California Museum of Photography Booth, SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles
Unofficial Realities; Friends of Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach, CA
New Visions for Historic Architecture; Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

1994 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Photography and the Photographic: Theories, Practices, Histories, California
Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Scratching the Belly of the Beast: Cutting Edge Media in Los Angeles 1922-1994,
Filmforum, Los Angeles, CA

1993 Backtalk, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Choice Encounters, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
video.documentary.interactive, Electronic Café, Santa Monica, CA
Forms of Attention, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

1992 Talking Back: Video Viewpoints: Nancy Buchanan, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Committed Visions, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Invention of Childhood, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
World News, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA
Video Tensions, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1991 Nancy Buchanan: A Video Retrospective, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
National Video Festival, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Women: California Girls?? Video In, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
S&L: Transactions in the Post-Industrial Era, Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute
The 90's, Program # 216, various PBS stations, including KCET, Los Angeles
Video Witnesses: Festival of New Journalism, Langston Hughes Institute, SUNY, Buffalo, NY
World News, Beyond Baroque Gallery, Venice, CA
Focus on Southern Africa, Otis/Parsons Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Media Pranksters: Public Access Art Television, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
New California Video '91, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA

1990 Fifth Annual Australian Video Festival, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, Australia
Visibility, Otis/Parsons North Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Change in Southern Africa: Video Documentaries, Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA
New Television, WNET, New York, NY (1989 season encore)
Open Channels Five-Year Survey, Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, CA

1989 National Video Festival, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Freewaves, selected venues & Los Angeles area cable stations
Video Drive-In: Portuguese-American Meetings on Contemporary Art, Gulkenkian Foundation, Lisbon
About TV: Appropriation and Parody in Contemporary Video Art, LA Municipal Art Gallery
New Television; WNET (New York), WETA (Washington), WGBH (Boston), KCET (Los Angeles)
Video Galleriet, Huset Kobenhaun, Copenhagen, Denmark
Making their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Mainstream 1970-1985; Cincinnati Art Museum;
travel to Denver Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Art
Visions of the Other/Visions of Ourselves; New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

1988 Second Thoughts & Double Takes, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
1950s/1980s: Return of Style, Return of Content (solo exhibit); San Francisco Art Institute

1986 In Search of the Media Monster; Ohio State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Sex, Food and Videotape,” New City Theater, Seattle, WA
Distress Signals: Art about the U. S. Role in Central America; Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ
The Video Medium 1988: An Overview, Geoffrey Taber Gallery, Columbus, OH

1987 The Reagan Years, Bad Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Reflections on Survival, The Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CA
Surveillance, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Lively Arts: Video & Performance, Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, CA

1986 Saludo al Pueblo, Casa Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Image Wars, The Center for Idea Art, Denver, CO
The Art of Activists, Gallery G, Pittsburgh, PA

1985 Video from Vancouver to San Diego, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Art of Memory/The Loss of History, The New Museum, New York, NY
TV Works, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Eating the World, (one-person show), Michael Salerno AAA Art, Los Angeles, CA
Family as Subject Matter in Contemporary Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Wash, D. C.

1984 Revising Romance, ICA, Boston, MA; tour arranged by American Federation of the Arts, New York
Video: A Retrospective, Parts I & II, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Recent Acquisitions, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
National Video Festival, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Artists Tour Nicaragua, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Narrative: Recent Video Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Stories of Her Own--Experimental Narrative by Women, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Shared Realities, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
California Video: 1984, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Women and the Media: New Video, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

1983 1984: A Preview, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Political Perspectives, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA
At Home--Video: Roles, Relationships, Sexuality, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Art & Social Change: U.S.A., Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

1982 The War Show, State University of New York, Stony Brook
The Atomic Salon, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Some Humorous Videotapes, Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
An Artist's Living Space, Japanese-American Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
Of No Particular Theme, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
War Games, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
Lately in L.A.: Video, The Kitchen, New York, NY; Washington Project for the Arts,
Washington, D.C.; and Beyond Baroque Gallery, Venice, CA
Long Beach Video, The American Center, Paris, France
A Decade of Women's Performance Art, University of California, San Diego

1981 California Performance: Now and Then, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

1980 Documentary Evidence, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY
Women's West Coast Performance, Interaction Dance Foundation, New York, NY
Pages Plus: Artists' Bookworks, Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
N/A Vision, Artists' Post-Production Studio, Long Beach Museum; FAR-
Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles, CA; and Pasadena Filmforum
A Decade of Women's Performance Art, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
The Art of the Woman's Building, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Audio Works, Sixto Notes, Milan, Italy
30/60 TV Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach

1979 Videotapes by Women, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia; travel in Australia and New Zealand
Projects: Video XXIX, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
L.A. Videotapes, Lauriergracht 96, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Animal Show, LAICA--Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

1978 Selected Performance Tapes, Media Study Center, Buffalo, NY; Anthology Film Archives, NY; UCSC
Trophies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
XX+, LACE--Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Audio Show, Artists Space, New York, NY
Women's Video, LAICA--Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Seven Sundays after the Fall, California State University, San Jose
Southland Video Anthology, Part V, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

1977 The Buck Starts Here, Media Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Visions, Dreams, Illusions, University of California, Davis
The Artist's Book, University of California, San Diego
Closed circuit videotapes, College Art Association, Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
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