Civic Virtue

Watts Towers Arts Center

Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Art Center

Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Centerexplores the intertwined histories of two of Los Angeles’s oldest and most diverse centers of artistic activity, both now operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Civic Virtue exhibition at the Watts Towers Arts Center (WTAC) will survey the evolution of this important grass-roots arts space, from an entity created in the 1950s to preserve Sabato (Simon) Rodia’s 17 major steel-and-mortar sculptures (which he created from 1921 to 1954 and called ‘Nuestro Pueblo,’ our town) into an internationally recognized community arts center under the auspices of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The exhibition includes creative responses to social conditions and historic events in Watts by a cross-section of artists engaged in community-building, such as Dale Davis, Charles Dickson, Willie Middlebrook, John Outterbridge, Judson Powell and Ruth Waddy; examples of works shown in exhibitions at the Center, by artists including Noah Purifoy, Harry Drinkwater, Sister Mary Corita Kent, Julius Shulman and Andy Warhol; and documentary photographs highlighting the multidisciplinary arts programming associated with WTAC, encompassing music, dance, theater and festivals.

1761-1765 East 107th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002

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Sun: Noon – 4p.m.

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