Artists Call

“By simply witnessing the destruction of another culture and doing nothing, we are sacrificing our own right to make culture.”  Organizing statement for Artists Call, 1982

Artists’ Call Against US Intervention in Central America was a nationwide mobilization of writers, artists, activists, artists organizations, and solidarity groups that began in New York in 1983.  Quickly mobilizing artists and their organizations across the country, Artists Call collectively produced over 200 exhibitions, concerts and other public events over a period of 12 months.  These events increased awareness of our government’s involvement in state terrorism across the hemisphere, linked the notion of aesthetic emancipation to revolutionary politics and provided concrete resources for the cultural workers and public intellectuals in the region and in exile. Thousands of dollars were rised and sent to cultural organizations that were part of the moment for self determination in the region.  Posted here is Doug Ashford’s collection of ephemera and some photographs, which stands as a partial archive of this massive undertaking. Doug Ashford and Julie Ault worked as part of the NY Contingent of Artists Call and also, with the other members of Group Material, produced “Timeline: An Exhibition for the People of Central America” which can be seen elsewhere on this site.  Also elsewhere on this website are texts written by Ashford and others on the project.

Lucy Lippard: “Revolting Issues” The Village Voice, July 27, 1982. p 75_ (link)

“Dream of Solentiname” 80 WSE Gallery, NY. Exhibition catalogue _(link)

Exhibition in San Jose *** _(link)