West Coast (Los Angeles) Woman's Salon

April 4, 1985 Newsletter

Text of the Newsletter:
The Second West Coast Women's Salon at the Woman's Building
April 4, 1985

The Role of Culture in the New Nicaragua

Slide-lecture by Carol Wells

Political activist with the Nicaragua Task Force, art
historian at the California State University, Fullerton.
She has traveled regularly and extensively in Nicaragua,
and curates exhibitions of Nicaraguan revolutionary posters.

An evening of music, slides and conversation
about what we can do for Nicaragua today.

Date: Thursday, April 4, 1985
Time: 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Place: The Woman's Building, 1717 N. Spring St., Los Angeles (2130 222-2477
Entry: $4 non-members $3 members

...the sex struggle has taken on a serious aspect the world over...the coming sex revolution (is) one of the most effective means of bringing about the social revolution...Theresa Malkiel, United States, Women's Day, 1909

What we want to change is immense. It's not just getting rid of nuclear weapons, it's getting rid of the whole structure that created the possibility of nuclear weapons in the first place. Lesley Boulton, England, June 1982.


Every first Thursday, at 8:00 p.m., at the Woman's Building

From the past to the present:

The West Coast Women Salon situates itself within the historic salon lineage that had its source in the Middle Ages in Europe and continued through the salons of reputed Americans in Paris, such as Natalie Barney and Gertrude Stein. During the 18th century in France, for example, writers and artists had the pleasure of attending different salons every night in the week. Those who were fomenting the French Revolution could attend political salons; philosophers and writers interested in creating the Encyclopedia of new knowledge met regularly at a variety of literary salons. Some salon women would receive visual artists on Mondays and writers on Tuesdays. Salon life was thus a vital aspect of cultural creation, and salon women played a major role in shaping and molding the ideas of their time because of the power they had in their salons.

In the past, conversation was one of the main elements of a successful salon. Formal presentations alternated with intense and passionate exchanges of ideas. In our salon we would like to continue to place an emphasis on the cultural importance of women's conversations and sharing. Our vision for this series of salons is to create the opportunity for every woman to take an active role in all facets of salon life. Following the example of the Greenham Common women in England, we hope that the "regulars" will become involved in the making of future salons.

In the past, the unique salon process of conversation allowed women to actually influence the events of their time. Our salon is also an occasion to develop our participation in today's world.

Salon Women

The 1st West Coast Women's Salon came into existence thanks to the participation of Elaine, Program & Gallery Director, Emily, Jan , Maggie, Nancy, "world shakers", Gail, Louanne, Michelle, "feminist patrol", Gloria, salon founder/historian, Joanna, Cindy, Wanda, singers, Liz, Michelle, artisans of the environment, Renee, coordinator.

(map showing how to get to the Woman's Building)


For over ten years, the Woman's Building has existed to provide support and opportunities for women artists, as well as presented an amazing wealth and diversity of women's cultural achievements. We have done and continue to do this with the support of hundreds of women and men who donate to the Woman's Building through yearly membership.

Members receive the quarterly newsletter mailings about all Woman's Building activities, and are entitled to discounts on classes and events and other special benefits.

FOR INFORMATION contact Terry Wolverton, (213) 222-2477

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