Sabra Moore NYC Women's Art Movement Collection
Collection Scope and Content Summary
Photographs of Moore and the artists with whom she most often collaborated, as well as the artist activist groups that she participated in make up the majority of the photograph collection. Many of the people and places in the photographs have been identified and labeled by Moore. This inventory can be made accessible to researchers. Moore was very actively involved in the Heresies Collective, thus the collection has an extensive number of Heresies Magazines and other documents related to the organization. The collection also includes newspaper clippings announcing exhibition openings and mentioning various demonstrations that Moore helped organize and lead.
The collection contains pieces of original art created by Moore in collaboration with other artists and artifacts from Moore's demonstration at MoMA in 1984. For example, the following artists contributed to the Reconstructed Codex: Emma Amos, Frances Buschke, Camille Billops, Josely Carvalho, Catherine, Correa, Christine Costan, Colleen Cutschall, Sharon Gilbert, Kathy Grove, Marina Gutierrez, Virginia Jaramillo, Kazuko, Sabra Moore, Helen Oji, Catalina Parra, Linda Peer, Liliana Porter, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Nancy Spero, Holly Zox. Moore made color Xerox copies of the Codex, which are now in the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA collections. The Archives also has a xeroxed copy of the Codex.
The ephemera that document the 1984 demonstration against MoMA consists of ribbons, badges, cards, photographs and a wooden Model MoMA. The ribbons were worn as sashes and cards--on which artists names and gender representation statistics were written--were stapled to the sashes. This part of the collection also contains over 600 cards with women artist names written or printed on them that were put into the Model MoMA as part of the demonstration against MoMA in 1984.
- 1969 - 1996
- Majority of material found within 1970 - 1992
Moore was a member of the Heresies Collective from 1970-1991, which produced Heresies Magazine. The Heresies Collective was a feminist art collective at the heart of the 1970's art world based in lower Manhattan. She also worked with Women's Action Coalition (WAC) and Repo History. During this same period, Moore exhibited frequently in solo and group shows, but only those projects & shows connected to the women's art movement are included in this collection. Moore's artwork is based on her translation of the quiltmaking traditions of her family in East Texas into large-scale sculptures, wall works, and artist books. Several of Moore's artist books are in the Brooklyn Museum's collection.
Moore currently lives in New Mexico and continues working as a committed artist and activist.
13.78 Linear Feet (17 doc boxes, 2 oversize custom boxes, 1 records carton, 1 poster box)
Series 1, Art Organizations, 1969-1995
Subseries 1.1, Women Artists in Revolution (W.A.R.), Women's Interart Center, and Related Activism, 1969-1976
Subseries 1.2, Anti-War Leaflets Designed by Sabra, Demonstration Against Harlem on My Mind, Articles for RAT, 1969
Subseries 1.3, Atlantic Gallery, 1976-1992
Subseries 1.4, New York City/Women's Caucus for Art (NYC/WCA), 1978-1991
Subseries 1.5, Heresies, 1979-1995
Series 2, Women's Collaborative Exhibitions, 1980-1989
Subseries 2.1, Views by Women Artists, 1980-1983
Subseries 2.2, Protective Devices, 1982-1983
Subseries 2.3, Reconstruction Project, 1984-1989
Subseries 2.4, 150 Artists' Book/Connections Project/Conexus, 1986
Series 3, Feminist Organizations, 1970-1996
Subseries 3.1, Women's Services, 1970-1972
Subseries 3.2, Women's Action Coalition, 1992-1996
Series 4, Art Exhibitions and Publications, 1969-1992
Subseries 4.1, Magazines, Anthologies, Handbooks, and Journals, 1969-1972
Subseries 4.2, Show Cards/Announcements/Flyers/Posters, 1972-1992
Series 5, Demonstration at MoMA, 1984
This finding aid was written by Amy Lau, with help from Sabra Moore's inventory, in May 2016.
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- Guide to the Sabra Moore NYC Women's Art Movement Collection
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- Amy Lau
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