Openings

A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992

Foreword by Lucy Lippard, Margaret Randall

This abundantly illustrated personal narrative takes readers through twenty-two years of activism in the women's art movements in New York City during a period of great cultural change. Author Sabra Moore vividly recounts life in this era of social upheaval in which women artists responded to war, racial tension and reconciliation, cultural and aesthetic inequality, and struggles for reproductive freedom. We learn intimately how she and fellow women artists found ways to create politically and personally effective art works, exhibitions, actions, and institutions.

The book features Moore's involvement in pivotal art organizations of this time and her own development as an artist, counterbalanced with her connections to family in rural East Texas and friends in New Mexico. Moore was a member of the Heresies Collective, an influential feminist activist group, became editor of their art and politics journal Heresies, and was president of the NYC/Women's Caucus for Art. She helped coordinate and curate many of the earliest large-scale exhibitions of women artists in NYC, including Views by Women Artists (1982), and the collaborative shows Reconstruction Project and Connections Project/Conexus. Moore was a principle organizer of the 1984 demonstration against MoMA over their lack of inclusion of women artists and was a member of various groundbreaking collaborative arts groups in the 1970s, including Atlantic Gallery and WAR (Women Artists in Revolution).

While Openings is an historical narrative of women artists' actions, organizations, and ideas, it also candidly describes their periods of challenge, including the death of sculptor Ana Mendieta and the indictment of her husband and the author's own attempted murder by her former art teacher.

The book is illustrated throughout by a treasure of 950 color and black & white images of the art from this momentous period—a valuable collection that is concurrently being archived by Barnard College along with papers, letters, show cards, posters, original artworks, and other documents.

This eye-opening book includes forewords by renowned art critic Lucy Lippard and poet/activist Margaret Randall.

Details

Title Openings
Subtitle A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992
Edition First Edition
Author Sabra Moore
Publisher New Village Press
BISAC Subject Heading ART000000 ART
BIO000000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Audience 01 General / trade
Credit Sabra Moore
Title First Published 25 October 2016
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: AB      93 Thema subject category: DNB
Includes Index; Appendices; Commentaries; Notes
Format Paperback
Book Trade Category US open market edition
Nb of pages XVIII - 376 p. Index . Appendices . Commentaries . Notes .
ISBN-10 1-61332-018-3
ISBN-13 978-1-61332-018-1
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781613320181
Publication Date 25 October 2016
Publication New York, United States
Product Content Text (eye-readable), Photographs
Main content page count 376
Front matter page count (Roman) 18
Word Count 115000
Illustrations images of women's artwork and activities from the book's era
551 illustrations, color
399 illustrations, black & white
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.3 in.
Weight 35 oz.
List Price $34.95
 

Summary

Foreword   Lucy Lippard

Foreword   Margaret Randall

Preface

Chapter 1:    Where I/We Came In (Starting in 1970)

Chapter 2:    Everyone Wants to Open a Gallery

Chapter 3:    We Must Have Theory and Practice and Many Meetings

Chapter 4:    We Organize Shows, Create Actions and Ephemeral Institutions        
 
Chapter 5:    It's 1984

Chapter 6:    Fathers, Daughters, Mothers, Sisters, Friends, and Fellow Travelers from the Past

Chapter 7:    When Things Fall Apart, Other Things Come Together

Chapter 8:    A Room of One's Own

Chapter 9:     We Move into the World and Take Our Issues with Us

Chapter 10:    How to Be in Two Places at Once

Chapter 11:    There is No Peace

Chapter 12:    A Bird in the Hand

Epilogue

List of Illustrations with credits and full descriptions 

Index

Additional Materials

Reviews

"[Openings is] crucial to the understanding of women artists in New York . . . it really captures what it must have been like to be an artist in New York in the 70s and 80s." —Patricia Hills, Art historian and Professor Emerita, Boston University
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Events

Sabra Moore Lecture at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309, College of Charleston School of the Arts, 161 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 2942, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:00pm

Artist and activist Sabra Moore will speak on her decades of involvement in the women's art movement in New York City and the ways the ideas from this period continue to influence her current art practice. Moore was a member of the influential feminist activist group Heresies Collective and president of the NYC chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. She was involved in organizing and curating some of the earliest large-scale exhibitions of women artists in New York City, and she played a key role in organizing the famed 1984 demonstration against MoMA in protest of their exclusion of women artists. Moore recounts this period in her life in her recently published book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City 1970–1992 (New Village Press).