Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities


Edited by Erina Duganne and Abigail Satinsky

8.5 x 10 inches, 328 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-941753-39-2

Design by IN-FO.CO
Co-published by Inventory Press and Tufts University Art Galleries

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Art for the Future illuminates the seminal 1980s activ­ist campaign, Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. Published on the occasion of a pathbreaking exhibition 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.

Critical essays by Abigail Satinsky, Erina Duganne, Yansi Pérez, Kency Cornejo, and Josh Rios, contributions from participants in Artists Call, including Daniel Flores y Ascencio, Lucy Lippard, Josely Carvalho, and Doug Ashford, and commissions of new artwork in the spirit of the group’s message, places Artists Call within a wider visual, historical, and socio-political context.

The catalogue includes a dynamic selection of artists and activists—Jerri Allyn, Maria Thereza Alves, Antena Aire, Hans Haacke, Beatriz Cortez, Muriel Hasbun, Josh MacPhee, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Antonio Serna, among others—whose work addresses issues that are as urgent now as they were to Artists Call: decolonization, Indigeneity, collectivity, human rights, and self-determination.

Art for the Future is at once an archive, historical document, and critical text that fills a gap in the examination of political and aesthetic actions across the Americas, both then and now.