Artist Suzanne Broughel‘s “Keep Hope Alive Alive” project takes vintage designs from past Black presidential candidates (Jesse Jackson and Shirley Chisholm mostly) and altered them to remove the candidate’s name and image leaving the generic imagery of “hope,” “change,” and the other clichés of the 1970s and 1980s Democratic party.
By erasing any sign of the candidate Broughel’s series focuses on the vintage imagery of “race, gender, idealism, and cynicism,” to use her words. The project, which originally created years ago, was resurrected for this year’s Art In Odd Places festival in October, when the artist handed out the free “campaign” buttons to pedestrians along with a flyer detailing the erased information.
The CIA’s abstract art collection isn’t as “secret” as a series of articles made it seem—but it’s more politically significant than it appears, and there are still unanswered questions. Here, photographs of the collection are accessible to the public for the first time.