Fund: $30,000

LAXART is a nonprofit visual art space that promotes developments in contemporary culture through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Launched in 2005 as a platform for emerging and under-recognized talent, LAXART has expanded its mission to encompass thematic exhibitions that engage with key issues of our time. They believe that contemporary art is a means of understanding those issues, with all their inherent contradictions.

A highlight of LAXART's first year of programming in its new building, Nancy Buchanan: A Retrospective (working title) will be the first comprehensive survey of pioneering artist Nancy Buchanan. For over five decades, Buchanan has been a vital part of the Los Angeles art community, creating performance, video, drawing, collage, digital art, sculpture, and mixed-media installations, and previously teaching as a respected core faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts. Organized by artist Laura Owens and curator Catherine Taft, this exhibition will importantly foreground Buchanan's role in L.A.'s burgeoning conceptual art and performance scene of the 1970s. It will trace her expansive and dynamic practice from the 1980s into the 2000s with an inclusion of key video works and new media installations. The show will also display her experimentation in publishing and collaborative practice, important facets of her ongoing artistic pursuits. Nancy Buchanan: A Retrospective will reflect the artist’s deep engagement with feminism, environmentalism, national politics, and autobiography, among other critical issues, and will be accompanied by an essential, scholarly catalog.