Watts Towers Q&A with Artist Dominique Moody

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Last year, LACMA began a partnership with the City of Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs to work toward the long-term preservation of Watts Towers. Lucas Casso, an intern with LACMA’s Department of Curatorial Planning has been conducting interviews with artists and others who have been involved in or influenced by the Towers.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I traveled to Watts to interview assemblage artist Dominique Moody. Dominique is currently the R Cloud Artist in Residence and works on East 107th Street, only a stone’s throw from the Watts Towers. Moody’s work was recently featured in a yearlong solo exhibition at the Watts Towers Art Center and can be seen on her website.

Moody and I first walked around the property on which she lives and works, including the installation version of her NOMAD project, the final product of which will give her a traveling studio and living…

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Q&A with Artist Alison Saar about Her Connection to Watts Towers

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Alison Saar, a sculptor who is a native Angeleno, over tea and coffee at Ray’s on LACMA’s campus. I wanted to ask her about the lifelong relationship she has had with the Watts Towers. She comes from a family immersed in art: Her mother, Betye Saar, is also an artist and her father, Richard Saar, was an art conservator. The family’s connection with the Towers began with her maternal great-grandmother, a resident of Watts, and continued with her mother, who saw Simon Rodia’s work in progress, before being passed along to Alison and even now to Alison’s children.

After discussing LACMA’s Watts Towers conservation efforts, we got around to talking about Alison’s connection to the Towers.

Lucas Casso: Could you tell me a little about your first memories of the Watts Towers?

Alison Saar: Well, actually, one of my first memories of…

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Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carrié speaks about paintings

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This article by Julia Jensen for the Daily Iowan appeared in anticipation of last night’s lecture by Edouard Duval Carrié.

The painting Endless Flight uses the bright, vivid colors of the Caribbean as it articulates shapes and forms across the surface of the canvas, infusing the piece with life and meaning.

Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval Carrié created this intriguing painting. He will deliver a lecture about his native country at 5 p.m. today in 2520D University Capitol Centre.

“The artist can be a powerful voice in the community in order to draw people’s attention to arts and culture of different groups around the world,” said Loyce Arthur, a University of Iowa associate professor of theater and codirector of the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program.

Carrié, whose work is exhibited in the Figge Museum in Davenport as well as many other prestigious museums, will speak about his efforts in Haitian…

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Double Vision: Adal and Luis Gutiérrez Discuss Photography in Puerto Rico

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At the Ponce Art Museum [Museo de Arte de Ponce] artist/photographer Adál and photography collector and architect Luis Gutiérrez will hold a dialogue entitled “Double Vision,” on the state of photography in Puerto Rico. The conversation is part of the “Cuerpo presente” exhibition. The show, which features five artists— Adál [Maldonado], Norah Hernández, Elsa María Meléndez, and the twin artists Jaime and Javier Suárez—opened on October 22, 2011, and will be on view until March 5, 2012. [Also see previous post Art Exhibition: “Cuerpo presente” at the Ponce Art Museum.]

The dialogue is to take place at the Museum on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:30pm. A book launching of Adal’s new book, Falling Eyelids, will follow the presentation. The museum is located at 2325 Las Américas Avenue in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

For more information, see http://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/199621-double-visionfalling-eyelids-a-lecture-and-book-launching-with-adl-and-luis-gutierrez

See photo: Adál (Conceptual Jíbaro Art, 1990) and more information on the…

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