Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics

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Heresies (journal) no 7 Women Working Together.jpg
Publisher Heresies Collective
Founded 1977
Language English
Ceased publication 1992
Headquarters New York
ISSN 0146-3411
OCLC number 2917688

Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics was a feminist journal that was produced from 1977–1992 by the New York-based Heresies Collective.[1]


Heresies was a feminist journal that was produced from 1977–1992 by the Heresies Collective based in New York. Several issues of the journal capture different feminist subject matter including feminist theory, art, politics, patterns of communication, lesbian art and artists, women's traditional arts and politics of aesthetics, women and violence, working women together, third world women, women and music, sex, film, activism, racism, and coming of age.[1][2] The journal was seen as not only a major contribution to the feminist art scene, but a major forum for feminist thinking that experimented with an editorial format that asked contributors to grapple with hierarchical and societal issues of difference. Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics created a public discourse in feminist thought and expression. Initial members of the Heresies Collective included Joan Braderman, Mary Beth Edelson, Harmony Hammond, Elizabeth Hess, Arlene Ladden, Lucy R. Lippard, Miriam Schapiro and May Stevens.[3]

The Heresies Collective has been Included in the following publications:[4]

  • Committed to Print: Social and Political Themes in Recent American Printed Art: The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1988
  • Alternative Art New York 1965-1985: The Drawing Center / University of Minnesota Press 2002
  • Art & Politics '77: Art in America, July–August 1977
  • Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation: The New Museum of Contemporary Art 1984
  • Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam Era: University of California Press 2009

The Heretics Film[edit]

THE HERETICS uncovers the inside story of the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement for the first time in a feature film or video. Joan Braderman, director and narrator, follows her dream of becoming a filmmaker to New York City in 1971. By chance, she joins a feminist art collective at the epicenter of the 1970s art world in lower Manhattan. In her first person account, THE HERETICS charts the history of a feminist collective from the inside out.[3] Unlike more traditional documentaries, the film is framed with striking digital motion graphics. Braderman combines intimate interviews with former collective members, archival footage from the 1970s, and documents of the collective—including the journal HERESIES: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, published from 1977 to 1992—to put the Heresies in the context of the larger second-wave movement, which was made up of thousands who met in small, private group settings to discuss issues and launch programs and actions relevant to women. The hundreds of Heresies members, now scattered around the globe and working as artists, writers, architects, painters, filmmakers, designers, editors, curators, and teachers, speak intimately about the extraordinary times they shared as they challenged the terms of gender and power and reimagined the lives of generations to come.[3][5] The film had its world premier at the MoMA in New York City, and was also an official select at the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Anarka International Film festival, Frameline34 and the International Women's Film Festival of Barcelona.[3]

Joan Braderman[edit]

Joan Braderman, professor of film and media at Hampshire College, was a major fixture in the collective, mainly because of her contribution of the film based on the Heresies, The Heretics. The film chronicles the twenty-year span of the Heresies. The film includes intimate interviews with major feminist artists who got their start at the Heresies Collective as Joan did in 1971. The film challenges the traditional documentary format by utilizing “striking new digital motion graphics” as the online website points out. The film situates the collective's activities under the broader social context of Second-wave feminism.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Napikoski, Linda. "Heresies A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics". 
  2. ^ Meagher, Michelle. "Feminist Media Studies". Taylor and Francis. 
  3. ^ a b c d "the Heretics". The Heretics Film Project. 
  4. ^ "Heresies". 
  5. ^ Berger, Sally. "MoMA Presents: Joan Braderman’s The Heretics". Moma. 
  6. ^ "Joan Braderman". Women Make Movies. 

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