Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities
Grossman & Anderson Galleries/SMFA at Tufts +
Aidekman Art Center/Medford
January 20—April 24, 2022
Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities focuses on the seminal 1980s activist campaign, Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America. Growing out of the friendships, solidarity networks, and political organizing amongst artists and activists such as Daniel Flores y Ascencio, Lucy Lippard, Doug Ashford, Leon Golub, and Coosje van Bruggen, the campaign resulted in exhibitions, performances, poetry readings, film screenings, concerts, and other cultural and educational events in over 27 cities across the United States and Canada.
The exhibition highlights Artists Call’s history through a selection of activities and works from the 31 exhibitions and over 1,100 artists who participated in New York City including major works from Josely Carvalho, Leon Golub, Hans Haacke, Tim Rollins and KOS, Nancy Spero, Claes Oldenburg, Zarina, Jimmie Durham, and Juan Sanchez, alongside the original edition of the Reconstruction Codex (1984), created by Sabra Moore and nineteen collaborators (including Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Emma Amos, Camille Billops, Nancy Spero, Virginia Jaramillo, and Helen Oji, among others) well as an expansive collection of Latin Mail Art, including contributions by Lotty Rosenfeld and Edgardo Antonio Vigo, amongst many others. The exhibition also references Artists Call’s legacy today in new forms of inter-American solidarity networks and visual alliances through a selection of works including Benvenuto Chavajay, Sandra Monterroso, Carlos Motta, Muriel Hasbun, Fredman Barahona & Christian Dietkus Lord, Antena Aire, Antonio Serna and new commissions by Beatriz Cortez and Naeem Mohaiemen.
Organized by TUAG Curator Abigail Satinsky and Erina Duganne, Associate Professor of Art History, Texas State University. Major Support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute for Studies on Latin America (ISLAA). Fully illustrated catalogue published by Inventory Press.