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Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts : art, migrations, development

Author: Luisa Del Giudice
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2014.
Series: Critical studies in Italian America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The extraordinary Watts Towers were created over the course of three decades by a determined, single-minded artist, Sabato Rodia, a highly remarkable Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to do "something big." 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Luisa Del Giudice
ISBN: 9780823257966 0823257967 9780823257973 0823257975
OCLC Number: 888989879
Description: xiv, 476 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts and the search for common ground / Luisa Del Giudice --
Part I: Situating Sabato Rodia and the Watts Towers : art movements, cultural contexts, and migrations. Local art, global issues : tales of survival and demise among contemporary art environments / Jo Farb Hernandez ; Everybody knows this is nowhere : structure and performance in Rodia's Watts Towers / Guglielmo Bilancioni ; Sam Rodia's Watts Towers in six sections in succession / Paul A. Harris ; Without precedent : the Watts Towers / Thomas Harrison ; An era of grand ambitions : Sam Rodia and California modernism / Richard Cándida Smith ; A California detour on the road to Italy : the Hubcap Ranch, the Napa Valley, and Italian American identity / Laura E. Ruberto ; The Gigli of Nola during Rodia's times / Felice Ceparano ; The literary and immigrant contexts of Simon Rodia's Watts Towers / Kenneth Scambray ; Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts : art, migration, and Italian imaginaries / Luisa Del Giudice ; "Why a man makes the shoes?" : Italian American art and philosophy in Sabato Rodia's Watts Towers / Joseph Sciorra ; Parallel expressions : artistic contributions of Italian immigrants in the Rio de la Plata Basin of South America at the time of Simon Rodia / George Epolito --
Part II: The Watts Towers contested : conservation, guardianship, and cultural heritage. Fifty years of guardianship : the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts (CSRTW) / Jeanne S. Morgan ; A custody case : ownership of Rodia's Towers / Jeffrey Herr ; Nuestro Pueblo : the spatial and cultural politics of Los Angeles's Watts Towers / Sarah Schrank ; Reading the Watts Towers, teaching Los Angeles : storytelling and public art / Monica Barra ; Spires and towers between tangible, intangible, and contested transnational cultural heritage / Katia Ballacchino --
Part III: 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, 2010,121 Dodd Hall, UCLA) ; Building community through self-awareness and self-expression / Gail Brown ; Simon Rodia's Watts Towers : sociopolitical realities, economic underdevelopment, and renaissance: yesterday and today / Shirmel Hayden ; Afterword: Personal reflections on the Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative / Luisa Del Giudice --
Appendices. A. Conversations with Rodia, 1953-1964. Interview of S. Rodia, with William Hale and Ray Wisniewsky, Watts, 1953 ; Interview with Simon Rodia, by William Hale and Ray Wisniewsky, "At the Towers site, standing outside Rodia's house," 1953 ; Conversation with Sam Rodia, by Mae Babitz and Jeanne Morgan, Martinez, California, September, 1960 ; Interviews, Part A, B, with S. Rodia, by Ed Farrell, Jody Farrell, Bud Goldstone, and Seymour Rosen, Martinez; and University of California, Berkeley ; Report on visits to Simon Rodia, made to CSRTW, from Jody Farrell (Bud Goldstone, Seymour Rosen, Ed Farrell and Jody Farrell), Martinez and Berkeley, California, October 17, 1961; and San Francisco Museum of Art, October 19, 1961 ; Letter to the CSRTW, by Claudio Segre [Segrè], Re: Visit with Rodia in Martinez, California, January 25, 1962 ; "New Yorker reporter visits Rodia," report to the CSRTW, Re: Interview with Simon Rodia and relatives, by Calvin Trillin, Nicholas King, Jeanne Morgan, and Beniamino Bufano, Martinez, California, August 30, 1964 ; Conversations with Rodia, report by Jeanne Morgan, Re: Visits in Martinez, California, May 20, June 15, July 5, August 10, September 10, 1964, and comments on New Yorker visit of August 30, 1964 ; Last conversation with Sam Rodia, report by Jeanne Morgan, Re: Visit in Martinez, California, December 22, 1964 ; Interviews with S. Rodia, by Norma Ashley-David, Martinez, California, March [1964?] ; Interview (excerpts) with Rodia's neighbors, by Bud Goldstone, Long Beach, California, 1963 ; Interview with S. Rodia, by Nicholas King, Martinez, California, September, 1960 --
B. CSRTW campaign to save the Watts Towers (Online Appendix). Nancie Cavanna song lyrics, "Please don't tear down the Towers" ; Campaigns to save the Watts Towers : correspondence ; Miscellaneous documents ; Miscellaneous digitized documents --
C. In their own words : interviews with Luisa Del Giudice, 2009 (Online Appendix). Jeanne S. Morgan, Former Chair of the CSRTW ; Interview with Brad Byer, I build the Tower filmmaker and S. Rodia's great-nephew ; Edward Landler, I build the Tower filmmaker ; Rosie Lee Hooks, Watts Towers Arts Center Director --
D. Conference and festival programs and illustrations (Online Appendix). University of Genova Conference poster, 2009 ; University of Genova Conference program, 2009 ; Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative : art, migrations, development, UCLA Conference poster, 2010 ; Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative : art, migrations, development, UCLA Conference program, 2010 ; Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative : Art, Migrations, Development, Festival poster, 2010-11 ; Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative : Art, Migrations, Development, Festival illustrations ; Watts in Italy, Summer 2011, illustrations.
Series Title: Critical studies in Italian America.
Responsibility: edited by Luisa Del Giudice.

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