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August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The California African American Museum will bestow honors on actor Sidney Poitier and artist John Outterbridge at its annual gala this fall, museum officials said. Poitier and Outterbridge are to receive the museum's Lifetime Achievement Awards at a dinner on Oct. 6. Outterbridge is a Los Angeles-based artist who has focused on sculpture, assemblage and installations during his lengthy career. He served as the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center in L.A. from 1975 to 1992. His work was featured prominently in exhibitions during the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the recent survey of Southern California art organized by the Getty.
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August 16, 2012 | By David Ng
The California African American Museum will bestow honors on actor Sidney Poitier and artist John Outterbridge at its annual gala this fall, museum officials said. Poitier and Outterbridge are to receive the museum's Lifetime Achievement Awards at a dinner on Oct. 6. Outterbridge is a Los Angeles-based artist who has focused on sculpture, assemblage and installations during his lengthy career. He served as the director of the Watts Towers Arts Center in L.A. from 1975 to 1992. His work was featured prominently in exhibitions during the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the recent survey of Southern California art organized by the Getty.
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September 13, 1996
"Tribute to a Man Named John: John Outterbridge," an exhibition documenting the years when the artist directed the Watts Towers Arts Center and founded two music festivals, opens Sept. 21. A free public reception for Outterbridge, including jazz performances, is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. at the center, 1727 E. 107th St. Outterbridge directed the city-owned arts facility from 1975 to 1992.
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September 13, 1996
"Tribute to a Man Named John: John Outterbridge," an exhibition documenting the years when the artist directed the Watts Towers Arts Center and founded two music festivals, opens Sept. 21. A free public reception for Outterbridge, including jazz performances, is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. at the center, 1727 E. 107th St. Outterbridge directed the city-owned arts facility from 1975 to 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1994
Sculptor JOHN OUTTERBRIDGE left his post as director of the Watts Tower Arts Center in 1992 to concentrate on his own assemblage art. But he left behind neither community service, nor thoughts about community. Outterbridge, 61, often welcomes school children at his studio and residence in South Central Los Angeles, where he is working on "Five Pieces with Sticks and Rags," inspired by the giant culverts used in Metro subway construction.
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December 7, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Outterbridge, sculptor and painter, community servant, sometime musician and constant observer of life, delivered a lecture here Saturday that was more like poetic free association than anything else. Known around the country for his penetrating sculptures made with found objects, Outterbridge, 59, retired in September after nearly 17 years as director of the Watts Towers Art Center, a community facility next to Sabato (Sam) Rodia's landmark spires in South-Central L.A.
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March 13, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Growing up in North Carolina, John Outterbridge spent hours watching his white-haired grandmother, bent over on hands and knees, scrubbing floors. "We were very, very poor," recalls Outterbridge, now an artist living in Los Angeles. "But you never knew it. She made by hand the bars of soap she used, and she'd clean those floors until they were bone white. Many of the textures and tones I use today I recall from that period."
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January 1, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
Ahhh, a new year and so many unknowns: Will Jay, Dave and Johnny be genetically spliced to produce the Ultimate Talk Show Host? Will the Yuppie-in-Chief name Stevie Nicks to run the NEA? Who will Sinead pick as her tag team partner against Madonna and the Pope? Will the activist group AWOE (Actresses With One Eyebrow) demand that one of them be chosen to play Frida Kahlo? Oh well, frivolity aside, one thing is certain: You'll be hearing these names and seeing these faces in the next 365.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1985
The reopening of the Watts Towers has been called a "tentative reintroduction" by John Outterbridge, director of the Watts Towers Arts Center, and that is a fair appraisal, given the amount of unfinished business. The basic restoration is now completed, paid for by the state. But commitments for continuing maintenance and guarantees of permanent public access have yet to be assured.
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September 19, 1992 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
John Outterbridge started a new chapter of his life last week when he resigned as director of the Watts Towers Art Center after 16 years of community service. But he was not allowed to turn the page quietly. He was hosted, roasted, celebrated, appreciated and commended in ceremonies staged everywhere from the Los Angeles City Council Chambers to Margarita Jones restaurant.
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October 21, 1994 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exhibitions of two Los Angeles artists--Bettye Saar of Pasadena and John Outterbridge, former director of the Watts Tower Art Center--are representing the United States this year in the 22nd Bienal, a biannual exhibition that this year features work by 206 artists from a record 71 countries. Stretched across 275,000 square feet and including 1,000 works, the Bienal is expected to draw more than 2 million artists, curators, collectors and other visitors from throughout the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1994
Sculptor JOHN OUTTERBRIDGE left his post as director of the Watts Tower Arts Center in 1992 to concentrate on his own assemblage art. But he left behind neither community service, nor thoughts about community. Outterbridge, 61, often welcomes school children at his studio and residence in South Central Los Angeles, where he is working on "Five Pieces with Sticks and Rags," inspired by the giant culverts used in Metro subway construction.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
Ahhh, a new year and so many unknowns: Will Jay, Dave and Johnny be genetically spliced to produce the Ultimate Talk Show Host? Will the Yuppie-in-Chief name Stevie Nicks to run the NEA? Who will Sinead pick as her tag team partner against Madonna and the Pope? Will the activist group AWOE (Actresses With One Eyebrow) demand that one of them be chosen to play Frida Kahlo? Oh well, frivolity aside, one thing is certain: You'll be hearing these names and seeing these faces in the next 365.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Outterbridge, sculptor and painter, community servant, sometime musician and constant observer of life, delivered a lecture here Saturday that was more like poetic free association than anything else. Known around the country for his penetrating sculptures made with found objects, Outterbridge, 59, retired in September after nearly 17 years as director of the Watts Towers Art Center, a community facility next to Sabato (Sam) Rodia's landmark spires in South-Central L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1992 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
John Outterbridge started a new chapter of his life last week when he resigned as director of the Watts Towers Art Center after 16 years of community service. But he was not allowed to turn the page quietly. He was hosted, roasted, celebrated, appreciated and commended in ceremonies staged everywhere from the Los Angeles City Council Chambers to Margarita Jones restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Growing up in North Carolina, John Outterbridge spent hours watching his white-haired grandmother, bent over on hands and knees, scrubbing floors. "We were very, very poor," recalls Outterbridge, now an artist living in Los Angeles. "But you never knew it. She made by hand the bars of soap she used, and she'd clean those floors until they were bone white. Many of the textures and tones I use today I recall from that period."
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July 28, 1985 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
Adriana Madrigal, 15, sat on her front porch Saturday and watched a racially mixed crowd gathering for a festival at Sabato (Sam) Rodia's Watts Towers across the street. Although her family has lived there for three years, Adriana got her first full view of the towers earlier this month as the scaffolding from a seven-year restoration was dismantled. "They're really sensational," she said. "We see tours coming by every day.
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October 21, 1994 | RON HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Exhibitions of two Los Angeles artists--Bettye Saar of Pasadena and John Outterbridge, former director of the Watts Tower Art Center--are representing the United States this year in the 22nd Bienal, a biannual exhibition that this year features work by 206 artists from a record 71 countries. Stretched across 275,000 square feet and including 1,000 works, the Bienal is expected to draw more than 2 million artists, curators, collectors and other visitors from throughout the world.
NEWS
July 28, 1985 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
Adriana Madrigal, 15, sat on her front porch Saturday and watched a racially mixed crowd gathering for a festival at Sabato (Sam) Rodia's Watts Towers across the street. Although her family has lived there for three years, Adriana got her first full view of the towers earlier this month as the scaffolding from a seven-year restoration was dismantled. "They're really sensational," she said. "We see tours coming by every day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1985
The reopening of the Watts Towers has been called a "tentative reintroduction" by John Outterbridge, director of the Watts Towers Arts Center, and that is a fair appraisal, given the amount of unfinished business. The basic restoration is now completed, paid for by the state. But commitments for continuing maintenance and guarantees of permanent public access have yet to be assured.
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