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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


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


“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


Sam Rodia’s Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession

Paul A. Harris

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/9780823257966.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter offers a conceptual and creative interpretation of Rodia's work, replacing critical analysis with a form of “creative synthesis” that answers the question: “How can an architectural work ... 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


The Literary and Immigrant Contexts of Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers

Kenneth Scambray

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/9780823257966.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses how the Watts Towers is as much about Italian immigrants in California as it is about its creator, Italian immigrant Simon Rodia. Italian American immigrant novels and ... More


Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Structure and Performance in Rodia’s Watts Towers

Guglielmo Bilancioni

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/9780823257966.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter reflects on Rodia's Watts Towers, described as embodying “a philosophy of freedom, an image of human labor, and the everlasting creative tension—a true performance—toward realization.” ... More


Parallel Expressions: Artistic Contributions of Italian Immigrants in the Río de la Plata Basin of South America at the Time of Simon Rodia

George Epolito

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/9780823257966.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter reveals the artistic contributions of Italian immigrants in the Río de la Plata Basin of South America—Argentina, Uruguay, and southern Brazil—which ran parallel to the lifetime of Simon ... More


An Era of Grand Ambitions: Sam Rodia and California Modernism

Richard Cándida Smith

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/9780823257966.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explores the conception of Rodia as the quintessential modernist artist of California, an inspiration who influenced the state's cultural life fully equal to that of any other visual ... More


A Custody Case: Ownership of Rodia’s Towers

Jeffrey Herr

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/9780823257966.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The structures Simon Rodia began constructing in 1921 were a personal undertaking and remained so until he ended it in 1954. During that period, this developing site was a personal endeavor executed ... More


Spires and Towers Between Tangible, Intangible, and Contested Transnational Cultural Heritage

Katia Ballacchino

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/9780823257966.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the more “material” aspects of the Festa dei Gigli, a festival that has been celebrated for centuries in the town of Nola, in the Italian region of Campania. It considers ... More


Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers: Sociopolitical Realities, Economic Underdevelopment, and Renaissance: Yesterday and Today

Shirmel Hayden

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/9780823257966.003.0019
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

In this chapter, a former intern at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) shares her perceptions of Watts and her experience in a program designed to encourage high school students to ... 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


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


The Gigli of Nola During Rodia’s Times

Felice Ceparano

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/9780823257966.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The Feast of the Gigli of Nola (Festa dei Gigli di Nola) is celebrated annually in honor of Saint Paulinus (San Paolino) on the 22nd of June in the city of Nola, Italy. During the festival, eight ... More


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