READING & BOOKSIGNING: Sabra Moore - Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement

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Thursday, November 2, 6pm


516 ARTS presents an evening of stories that are part of the long history of artistic interchange between New York and New Mexico. "Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992," published by New Village Press with forewords by Lucy R. Lippard and Margaret Randall, is a horizontal narrative of the actions and art of many women artists as well as a personal memoir of Sabra Moore's development as an artist within this social context. 

Through Moore’s witty, nuanced, and poignant narration, readers follow the stories of bold, trailblazing women as they find ways to create personally and politically meaningful artworks, exhibitions, protests, and institutions in response to war, environmental degradation, violence against women, struggles for reproductive freedom, and racial tension—all while fighting for greater opportunities for women in the art world. Among her stories are particulars of her work as a counselor in New York City's first legal abortion clinic (including organizing union contracts for the clinic workers), her own nearly fatal abortion in Guinea, and her abuse and attempted murder by her former art teacher. She writes about organizing protests for representation of women at the Museum of Modern Art, creating politically charged exhibitions with her peers in New York and beyond, and editing the collaborative feminist art journal, Heresies, with the Heresies Collective.

“Openings puts you right there—at the heart of the passion, brilliance, and creative chaos of the feminist art uprising… an intimate and soulful glimpse into a critical epoch.
—Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name is Chellis and I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization

“This is important reading for aspiring women artists today, and evidence that the received history of the feminist movement . . . is not always the full picture.”
—Suzanne Lacy, Artist, Professor of Art, University of Southern California, Roski School

SabraMoore headshotSabra Moore is an artist, writer, and activist. She was an integral creative force within the feminist art movement in New York City, where she served as president of the NYC/Women’s Caucus for Art and was a key organizer of the 1984 demonstration against MoMA for excluding women and minority artists. She was 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 most recent major solo show, Out of the Woods, was at the Harwood Museum in Taos (2007). Her artist’s books can be found in several museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She has resided in Abiquiú, New Mexico since 1996.