Rick Lowe returns, temporarily, to Los Angeles
Houston's most famous community-organizing son, Rick Lowe, returns to his old stomping ground as an artist-in-residence at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses, will be working with graduate students on community-based projects during the nine-week residency, which is funded by The Nimoy Foundation, established by actor Leonard Nimoy and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy.
Lowe is a widely known for his work connecting art to the neighborhood, coining the term, "social sculpture." His move is covered in The Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster. The activist artist's connections to L.A. date to 1997, when he laid the ground work for the Watts House Project, which resulted in his participation in "Uncommon Sense," a group show at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Lowe has garnered national attention for his ground breaking work in Houston, Los Angeles and New Orleans in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Lowe will present a lecture, "Towards Social Sculpture: A Conversation with Rick Lowe" on Wednesday at Otis.