This week on From The Vault ,we highlight an historic conversation between two radical and influential women from the feminist era of the 1970’s , Artist Judy Chicago and writer Anais Nin.
The historic value of this dialogue between Chicago and Nin at this moment in herstory is priceless. It was recorded in 1972, right in the heart of the Second Wave of Feminism.
In 1972, Pacifica station KPFK dedicated the month to a number of special programs by for and about women.
Included were readings of the works of Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and Joan Didion, documentaries on Sylvia Plath, Rachel Carson, Marilyn Monroe, and Angela Davis, gay liberation and women’s liberation, discussions with University school student feminists just to name a few. Chicago and Nin were friends who reveal the complexities of Feminist theory throughout the course of this discussion, struggling to include all visions of women’s liberation.
This program was restored as part of a 2005 preservation and access grant funded in part by the GRAMMY foundation and you, the listener.
This program will also be included in our current preservation and access project, American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982, funded in part by a grant from the NHPRC at the NARA called Documenting Democracy access to historical records.
Anais Nin was the celebrated author who was probably best known for her published diary, The Diary of Anais Nin, which is the subject of Feminist debate in this discussion.
Judy Chicago had relocated to Los Angeles to teach at the California Institute for the Arts, and later co-founded the historic Women’s Building in Los Angeles the following year in 1973.