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The Museum of Modern Art Presents the World Premiere of Joan Braderman's The Heretics
The Heretics. 2009. Written and directed by Joan Braderman. Courtesy of the artist.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Modern Art presents a weeklong run of Joan Braderman’s The Heretics from October 9 to 15, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The Heretics reveals the inside story of Heresies, a feminist art collective that was at the epicenter of the 1970s art world in lower Manhattan. Director Braderman, who joined the group in 1971 after moving to New York to become a filmmaker, charts the collective’s story for the first time in a feature-length film or video, revealing its pivotal role in the “second wave” of the Women’s Movement. Braderman will introduce the October 9 screening of her film and will participate in a question and answer session with Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, who organized the exhibition.

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. The film puts 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.

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