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.
Foreword Lucy Lippard
Foreword Margaret Randall
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
List of Illustrations with credits and full descriptions
Join author Sabra Moore as she reads from and discusses her memoir, Openings, an historical and personal account of the author's own life and other female activists who used their platform as artists to respond to the issues of a culturally and politically contentious time
About the Author:
Sabra Moore is an artist, writer, and activist. After moving to New York City in 1966, she became an integral creative force within the feminist art movement. Moore was president of the NYC/Women's Caucus for Art, a key organizer of the 1984 demonstration against MoMA for excluding women and minority artists, a core member of the influential Heresies Collective, an active member of Women Artists in Revolution and Women's Action Coalition, and a leading organizer/creator of several large-scale women's exhibitions in New York City, Brazil, Canada, and New Mexico. Her artistic and political involvement was showcased in the feature length film The Heretics (2011). Moore also worked for thirty years in NYC as a freelance photo editor for publishers such as Doubleday, Harper Collins, American Heritage, and Random House. Her most recent major solo show, Out of the Woods, was at the Harwood Museum in Taos (2007). Moore authored and illustrated the trade book Petroglyphs: Ancient Language/ Sacred Art (1997), and her artist's books can be found in several museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.