watts tower arts center

John Outterbridge

Captive Image #1 (Ethnic Heritage Group) (1970-72)

Mixed media 31 x 28 ¾ x 15 in

John Outterbridge, an artist and educator, was appointed director of Watts Towers Arts Center and caretaker of the Towers when the City of Los Angeles became the new owner in 1975. He developed a multidisciplinary program encompassing visual art, dance, theater, and music, including the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival and Day of the Drum Festival.

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