Art is a useful critical tool for envisioning what the future could look like. Though a space of history and tradition, art is also conducive to radical experimentations that self-consciously depart from the past. In this way, art allows us to explore notions of futurity, both within the realm of aesthetics and beyond. Some artists–such as those associated with historical avant-garde movements from around the world–interrogate the visual and political systems constituting our primary reality with the aim of creating new realities. Much debate has centered on whether or not artists can even actualize new ways of being in the world. While unknowable, the future is certainly not unthinkable. In the Future… interrogates the past and present with artworks that imagine any number of potential futures. We encourage submissions in all media that have vision and which are visionary, i.e., speculative, open-ended projects anticipating that which is yet to come.
In the future… is guest curated by Mallory Ruymann. Mallory Ruymann is a Boston-based art historian, curator, and educator. She has recently held curatorial positions at Tufts University Art Galleries and the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Massachusetts College of Arts & Design. Among other venues, her critical writing has appeared in Big Red & Shiny and The Rib. She received an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University and a B.A. in Art History from Washington & Lee University.