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

Foreword by Lucy Lippard, Margaret Randall

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An account of the women's art movement in New York City from 1970 to 1992 and how these women created politically and personally effective art works, exhibitions, actions, and institutions

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.

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.

Lucy Lippard is an internationally known writer, activist, and curator. She has authored twenty-two books, has curated more than fifty major exhibitions, and holds nine honorary degrees. Lippard is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist.


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
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


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 


Additional Materials


New Mexico PBS
Mar 23, 2018
"It was a form of storytelling and it was through that shared experience that we really were able to analyze both our oppression and our difference." ~Sabra Moore
- New Mexico PBS

The Magazine Santa Fe
Mar 22, 2018
"Moore is a powerhouse of Northern New Mexico public art. She works in the landscape of Georgia O'Keeffe—Moore herself lives not far from Abiquiú Realty where visitors catch the bus for the O'Keeffe House Tour. It’s more popular every year."
- Susan Elizabeth Ryan, The Magazine Santa Fe

Woman's Art Journal (Spring/Summer 2018 issue)
"Openings contains an abundance of vital information for inquiring scholars interested in the New York women's art movement, archival research, artists' books, and feminist organizing. While the

- Gabrielle Warner, Woman's Art Journal (Spring/Summer 2018 issue)

Women's Review of Books 
"Another brilliant book, Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992 by Sabra Moore (New Village Press, New York, 2016) is an autobiography that extrapolates to

- Margaret Randall, Women's Review of Books 

Early Praise for Openings
"[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

- Early Praise for Openings