Nancy Buchanan

Nancy Buchanan is well-known as a committed activist who believes art can change the mind of the observer about political issues. In her recent performance extravaganza, “Freedom Suites,” she attempted to call attention not only to a particular political situation—United States involvement in Central America—but to the issue of personal responsibility for world problems and their solutions.

The piece was commissioned for Los Angeles’ “Explorations II” series, sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. The sponsors are to be commended for their choices in curating this series; not often will major institutions take on openly political work, and this series included such outspoken malcontents as Tim Miller and Cheri Gaulke. While it is encouraging that a mainstream public venue has taken on works

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