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Soviet Life
May 1968-May 1981 (incomplete)

In 1956 the U.S. and Soviet governments agreed to a mutual propaganda plan modeled on Life. From them we got The USSR which became Soviet Life which became Russian Life. From us they got Amerika which became America Illustrated. “Soft” propaganda for a Cold War. Gentle cultural competition. Achievement, progress, beauty, tourism. Soviet Life could celebrate the cosmonauts and the construction of a dam as though ballistics and explosives were signs of society’s liberation. One can just imagine what Amerika looked like.

Somewhat relatedly, the U.S. Information Agency, which seems to have had a hand in all this, also employed Chermayeff & Geismar (which later added & Haviv) for a traveling Russian-language exhibition that showcased American design. Featured among the designer portraits, which can be found in the Milton Glaser Archives, was none other than Milton Glaser.

Find Soviet Life bound in green in the back near the bathrooms.

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cosmos

Intercosmos: Orbits of Cooperation, April 1981

cosmo wives

Perhaps the Hardest Part is Waiting, April 1981

umbrella

Kutaisi, This Wonderful Town, May 1981

fest

The Festival for Everybody, May 1981

marx lincoln

Marx and Lincoln, May 1968

women

Women Take Over Men’s Jobs, May 1981

kiev

What is Kreshchatik to the Man on the Street?, July 1968

blast

Blast Saves a City, June 1968

Heresies

Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics ran independently from 1977 to 1993. Each issue focused on a different topic such as food, theater, or ecology. Between the covers you’ll find photography, film stills, sculptures, paintings, poems, prose, memoirs, collage, and documentations of performance art. Contributors included Harmony Hammond, Ida Applebroog, May Stevens, Mary Beth Edelson, Sally Webster, and Amy Sillman.

Here is the homepage for the 2009 documentary on Heresies called “The Heretics”, directed by Joan Braderman. The site includes an index to the articles.

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We have 24 of the 27 issues of Heresies in our back stacks. Come explore them.

Feminism and Ecology

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 13. 1981.
Cover, Back cover.

Pie Face

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.

Food is a Feminist Issue

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.
Cover, Back cover.

The Women's Pages

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 2, Issue 14. 1982.
Cover, Back cover.

Sex Issue

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Cover, Back cover.

Portrait of an Office

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 7. Spring 1979.
From the article “Portrait of an Office” by Margaret Willey

Female and Male Body Language

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 7. Spring 1979.

Heresies

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 3, Issue 27. 1993.

issue 23s

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. 1988.
“Baby Contest” by Annette Savitski

Women in Theater and Performance

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
Feminist Theatrical Performances

Sex Issue

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Jersey Shore Women’s Wrestling Club

Post-Totalitarian Criticism

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 26. 1992.
Maria Serebriakova, untitled collage, 1989.

Russian Billboard

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 2, Issue 26. 1992.
Russian Billboard

Kristin Reed

Heresies, Vol. 7, No. 1, Issue 25. 1990.
“Predominant Ideology” by Kristin Reed, 1988. Krylon, xerox, gouache, chalk. 12″x14″.

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. Fall 1977.
Betsy Dam, The 7000 Year Old Woman. Performance #2, a street event, fully clothed. Photo by Su Friedrich.

Food is a Feminist Issue

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 1, Issue 21. 1987.

Judith Ren-Lay as "Ivy Mouse"

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
Judith Ren-Lay as “Ivy Mouse”

Heresies

Heresies, Vol. 2, No. 3, Issue 17. Spring 1979.

Carol Harmel.

Heresies, Vol. 3, No. 4, Issue 12. 1981.
Photo by Carol Harmel.

Heresies

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. 1977.

Sandra Desando

Heresies, Vol. 1, No. 3, Issue 3. Fall 1977.
Sandra Desando

"No Longer Afraid" by Susan Spencer Cole

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. Fall 1988.
“No Longer Afraid” by Susan Spencer Cole

Installation and Set for "Private Places" by Vernita Nemec

Heresies, Vol. 6, No. 3, Issue 23. Fall 1988.
Installation and Set for “Private Places” by Vernita Nemec

"T.V." by marina Gutierrez

Heresies, Vol. 5, No. 1, Issue 17. 1984.
“T.V.” by Marina Gutierrez, 1979, Monoprint/Color Etching

"The Rat Patrol" by Christy Rupp

Heresies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Issue 13. 1981.
“The Rat Patrol” by Christy Rupp, 1979