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Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts and the Search for Common Ground

Luisa Del Giudice

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0021
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This introductory chapter begins with a brief biographical sketch of Sabata Rodia, artist and creator of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. It then sets out the book's purpose, namely to bring together ... More


Nuestro Pueblo:: The Spatial and Cultural Politics of Los Angeles’s Watts Towers

Sarah Schrank

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The structures best known as the Watts Towers were known to Sabatino Rodia as “Nuestro Pueblo,” a provocative take on Los Angeles' original name, “El Pueblo de Nuestra Se ñora la Reina de los Angeles ... More


Fifty Years of Guardianship: The Committee for Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts (CSRTW)

Jeanne S. Morgan

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the activities of the guardianship group known as the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts (CSRTW). The group was founded in 1958 by William Cartwright and Nicholas ... More


Artists in Conversation

R. Judson Powell, John Outterbridge, Charles Dickson, Betye Saar, Kenzi Shiokava, and Augustine Aguirre

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0017
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter presents the transcript of an artist's panel held during the conference “The Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative: Art, Migrations, Development,” in Los Angeles on October 22–24, 2010. ... More


Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Luisa Del Giudice (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia. Now a National Historic Landmark and internationally renowned ... More


Sabato Rodia’s Towers in Watts: Art, Migration, and Italian Imaginaries

Luisa Del Giudice

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter addresses, first, Rodia's life and worldview as an Italian immigrant and, second, the Italian cultural practices and imagery embedded in his art. That is, it examines Rodia's life and ... More


Without Precedent: The Watts Towers

Thomas Harrison

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter considers the highly individual and unprecedented nature of Rodia's Towers. It argues that Rodia's emphasis in building these Towers was on the doing, on the creation of something not ... More


Personal Reflections on the Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative

Luisa Del Giudice

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0020
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This afterword serves as a codicil to both the volume's Introduction and to the author's contribution, “Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migration, and Italian Imaginaries,” allowing her to share ... More


Reading the Watts Towers, Teaching Los Angeles: Storytelling and Public Art

Monica Barra

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the Towers within a convergence of several disparate, yet interconnected, discourses about cities, history, monumentality, and public art in order to demonstrate how Simon ... More


“Why a Man Makes the Shoes?”: Italian American Art and Philosophy in Sabato Rodia’s Watts Towers

Joseph Sciorra

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter proposes that Rodia's architectural fantasy emerged in relationship to a larger set of interrelated sociocultural precepts immersed in southern Italian peasant and Italian American ... More


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