April 25, 1993 |
The small plot of land that abuts the parking lot at the Watts Towers Art Center looks like an ordinary garden, but for about two dozen students the Metamorphosis Organic Garden is a chance at a job. "It's pretty cool," said Alex Burgara, a student at John Hope Continuation School in Watts, during a ground-blessing ceremony at the garden last week. "I don't want to gangbang and I like gardening, and I'm learning something."
July 30, 1997 |
One of Los Angeles' more likable traits is a substantial history of holding big communitywide art exhibitions. Stuffy members of the subculture find them undignified. Not everybody agrees. This year the "1997 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition" attracted 1,930 entries from 753 artists. Winnowed down to 76 works by 49 artists, they're now on view at four venues: the Municipal Art Gallery, the Barnsdall Art Center, the William Grant Still Art Center and the Watts Towers Art Center.
May 25, 1995 |
"African American Representations of Masculinity," a three-venue exhibition curated by Cecil Fergerson for the Coalition for Cultural Survival of Community Arts, rejects the insular discourse that informs the "cutting edge" of the art world. In so doing, it serves as a reminder that there is not one art world but many, each with its own discourse, ideology, aesthetic criteria and cultural politics.
June 9, 1998 |
Often the term "composer-in-residence" means "composer-in-ivory-tower," with the artist safely ensconced in a mainstream cultural palace or academic institution. But composer Michael Abels has taken up working residence in an altogether different sort of tower--the soaring concrete-and-tile whimsies of Simon Rodia in Watts. Abels has been selected to participate in the New Residencies program of Meet the Composer, a national, musical evangelism organization headquartered in New York.
June 5, 1994 |
The mere suggestion causes David Brown to laugh, but the 40-year-old graphic artist admits that his life is beginning to show some peculiar similarities to his art. Brown is the creative force behind the Phoenix, a black comic book hero who flies through the city mediating racial and ethnic conflicts and helping youths.
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March 18, 1994
The Watts Towers Art Center may be Los Angeles' most off-the-beaten-track gallery, but happily the gallery is equally as far off the beaten political and ideological track. For his inaugural exhibition, director Mark S. Greenfield chose not February, Black History Month, but March, Women's History Month. The show, running through April 2, is entitled "As We See It," and the women in the show--black, white and Latino--see nearly everything with a measure of wry humor.
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February 20, 1998 |
One week after their visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, fifth-graders at Hubbard Street Elementary School got to work Thursday making some masterpieces of their own. But the source of their inspiration was neither a Picasso nor a Rodin, but everyday objects that they found around their homes. Thursday marked the third of four Living With Art workshops for the Hubbard students.
July 16, 1997 |
Bassists are the jazz world's invisible men, often breaking into the public eye only through associations with high-visibility performers. Art Davis, who led a quartet Sunday afternoon at the Watts Towers Art Center, has a resume filled with distinguished names.
May 31, 1992 |
The California Afro-American Museum in Exposition Park and the Long Beach Museum of Art are among 10 nationwide recipients of the first batch of grants from "AT&T New Art/New Visions," a fledgling corporate program that provides challenge grants for museum exhibitions of new work by living artists, especially works by women and artists of color.
August 22, 1993 |
CITY COUNCIL * OPERA PERFORMANCES: Agreed to absorb the city's costs for traffic control during upcoming free performances of the Puccini opera "La Boheme" for an estimated 8,000 middle and high school students. The performances will be offered by the Los Angeles Music Center Opera on Sept. 7, 22 and 24. The city will waive $412 in fees. * WATTS TOWERS: Approved Councilman Rudy Svorinich's request to unfreeze the position of director for the Watts Towers Art Center.