Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics

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Heresies (journal) no 7 Women Working Together.jpg
PublisherHeresies Collective
Ceased publication1993
HeadquartersNew York
OCLC number2917688

HERESIES: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics was a feminist journal that was produced from 1977 to 1993 by the New York-based Heresies Collective.


HERESIES was a feminist magazine that published from 1977 to 1993, organized by a collective known as the Heresies Collective based in New York City.[1] Each of the twenty seven issues was collectively edited by a group of volunteers interested in a single topic under the guidance of the "mother collective"; each issue had its own style and perspective.[2] Subjects included 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, women from peripheral nations, women and music, sex, film, activism, racism, and coming of age.[3][4]

The third issue "Lesbian Art and Artists" published in 1977 received criticism for the complete absence of lesbian artists of color. Combahee River Collective, a black feminist organization, wrote the all-white editorial group demanding the oversight be addressed. The letter was published by the Heresies Collective as a gesture of accountability.

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. And it 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, Marty Pottenger, Miriam Schapiro and May Stevens.[5][not in citation given] The last issue, 27, was published in 1993.

Members of the Mother Collective[edit]

Around seventeen women were founders: [6]:38-50

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Women's History Month: Heresies Magazines". amUSIngArtifacts. 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Exhibition: Heresies Magazine (1977-1993)". The University of Victoria Libraries. Fall 2017.
  3. ^ Napikoski, Linda. "Heresies A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics".
  4. ^ Meagher, Michelle. "Feminist Media Studies". Taylor and Francis.
  5. ^ "the Heretics". The Heretics Film Project.
  6. ^ Moore, Sabra (2016). "Chapter 3: We Must Have Theory & Practice & Many Meetings". Openings: A Memoir from the Women's Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992. New Village Press. ISBN 9781613320181.

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