Art, Archives, and Civic Memory

A digital presentation and book talk by Luisa Del Giudice, PhD
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

A digital presentation and book talk by Luisa Del Giudice, PhD

Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development (Fordham University Press, 2014) represents a culmination of the last five years of activity around the extraordinary Watts Towers, a National Historic Monument created over the course of three decades by Simon "Sam" (born Sabato) Rodia, a visionary artist and Italian immigrant laborer who wanted to "do something big."

Through international conferences in Genoa in 2009 and Los Angeles in 2010 and the Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative, scholars, artists, civic authorities, conservators, and others have explored the monument's multiple resonances within local and global migrations, contested social and urban spaces, and the relationship between art and economic development. These new voices, as well as Rodia's own words transcribed from sound recordings held by UCLA Library Special Collections, offer insight into the mysteries that remain around the man and his artwork: What are they? Why did he build them? Why is a new generation rallying around this icon?

The book's editor and the intiative's coordinator, Luisa Del Giudice, will talk about her research, which included use of the records of the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts in UCLA Library Special Collections. A reception and book signing will follow her presentation.



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Admission is free. Parking is available on campus for $12.