Screening: "The Heretics"

Monday, November 26, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Poster design and photography by Joan Braderman

Poster design and photography by Joan Braderman

Director Joan Braderman screens and answers questions about her film, THE HERETICS, a feature film collage of interviews and archival documents that reconstruct the inside story of the feminist art collective HERESIES. Stéphanie Jeanjean, adjunct assistant professor of art history in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, moderates.

HERESIES formed at the height of the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement in Lower Manhattan in the mid 1970s. Most representative of the collective’s activities was the magazine HERESIES: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics, published from 1977 to 1993. Each issue of HERESIES proposed a thematic declension of societal crisis and women’s experiences: on violence, education, environment, racism, Third World feminist art, lesbian art, music, film & video, sex, and other important, critical concerns. The magazine plays a central role in the film, linking individuals, moments, and convictions which the film, THE HERETICS, reveals as the most tangible and comprehensible documents of HERESIES’ activities, ideas, and ideals. Members of the HERESIES collective include: Emma Amos, Ida Applebroog, Patsy Beckert, Joan Braderman, Mary Beth Edelson, Su Friedrich, Harmony Hammond, Sue Heinemann, Elizabeth Hess, Joyce Kozloff, Arlene Ladden, Lucy R Lippard, Mary Miss, Marty Pottenger, Miriam Schapiro, Joan Snyder, May Stevens, Elke Solomon, Pat Steir, Michelle Stuart, Susanna Torre, Cecilia Vicuna, Nina Yankowitz, Elizabeth Weatherford, Sally Webster, among many others. And original soundtrack by early female rocker, June Millington.

All issues of HERESIES are downloadable here.

The event is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space here. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.

This special film screening has been organized in the framework of the exhibition WE DISSENT… Design of the Women’s Movement in New York.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.