Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities

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rt for the Future illuminates the formative 1980s activ­ist campaign, Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. Published on the occasion of a pathbreaking exhibition of the same name at the Tufts University Art Galleries, this bilingual English-Spanish catalogue surveys Artists Call’s mobilization of writers, artists, activists, and artist organizations and looks at the group’s legacy today.

Art for the Future features critical essays that reflect on the campaign’s influence and place its art and activism within a wider visual, historical, and socio-political context. Contributors include exhibition curators Erina Duganne and Abigail Satinsky as well as Kency Cornejo, Lucy Lippard, Yansi Pérez, and Josh Rios. The catalogue highlights interviews with Artists Call participants, including Doug Ashford, Fatima Bercht, Josely Carvalho, Daniel Flores y Ascencio, Kimiko Hahn, Jerry Kearns, Sabra Moore, and Juan Sánchez.

The catalogue also includes contributions by a dynamic selection of artists and activists—Antena Aire and Tierra Narrative, Jerri Allyn, Maria Thereza Alves, and Hans Haacke as well as newly commissioned work by Beatriz Cortez, Muriel Hasbun, Josh MacPhee, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Antonio Serna. Art for the Future is at once an archive, historical document, and critical text that fills a gap in the examination of political and aesthetic actions across the Americas, both then and now.