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

Luisa Del Giudice


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 destination, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles are both a personal artistic expression and a collective symbol of Nuestro Pueblo—Our Town/Our People. Featuring fresh and innovative examinations, this book is a much-anticipated revisitation of the man and his towers. In 1919, Sabato Rodia purchased a triangular plot of land in a multiethnic, working-class, semi-rural district. He set to work on an unusual bu ... More

Keywords: Watts Towers, Sabato Rodia, Los Angeles, Nuestro Pueblo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luisa Del Giudice, editor

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Part 1 Situating Sabato Rodia and the Watts Towers: Art Movements, Cultural Contexts, and Migrations

Local Art, Global Issues

Jo Farb Hernández

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Guglielmo Bilancioni

Without Precedent

Thomas Harrison

An Era of Grand Ambitions

Richard Cándida Smith

Parallel Expressions

George Epolito

Part 2 The Watts Towers Contested: Conservation, Guardianship, and Cultural Heritage

Fifty Years of Guardianship

Jeanne S. Morgan

A Custody Case

Jeffrey Herr

Nuestro Pueblo:

Sarah Schrank

Part 3 The Watts Towers and Community Development

Artists in Conversation

R. Judson Powell, John Outterbridge, Charles Dickson, Betye Saar, Kenzi Shiokava, Augustine Aguirre. ARTIST’S PANEL MODERATED BY ROSIE LEE HOOKS (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, 121 DODD HALL)