John Outterbridge

decade

1930s

1933

John Outterbridge is born in Greenville, North Carolina.

decade

1950s

1956–63 1956

John Outterbridge moves to Chicago and becomes very involved with various South Side arts organizations, including singing in a choir at St. Anselm Catholic Church.

1956/57

John Outterbridge attends the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

1950s 1957

John Outterbridge cofounds the artist co-op Seventy-Ninth Street Collective. They show and sell artworks out of a space called Gallery 79, located at 79th Street and Cottage Grove.

decade

1960s

1963

John Outterbridge and his new wife, Beverly McKissick, leave Chicago for Los Angeles’s warmer weather and bigger art scene.

1960s 1965

Because of Charles White’s frail condition, John Outterbridge drives him around Los Angeles.

mid-1960s 1965

John Outterbridge begins teaching at the Watts Towers Arts Center.

1967–74 1967

John Outterbridge works at the Pasadena Art Museum as a preparator.

1968–70 1968

David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, and John Outterbridge, along with other artists, gather at Suzanne Jackson’s Gallery 32 to eat and talk.

1968–75 1968

John Outterbridge teaches at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Pasadena City College.

mid-1960s 1968

John Outterbridge begins teaching at the Compton Communicative Arts Academy (CCAA).

decade

1970s

1970

John Outterbridge is included in a group exhibition at Gallery 32.

1970

John Outterbridge becomes director of the CCAA.

1971

John Outterbridge, Jive Ass Bird, Rag Man Series, 1971. Mixed media; 22 ¼ × 31 × 12 ½ in. Private collection, courtesy of Tilton Gallery. New York.

1971

John Outterbridge has his first solo exhibition at Brockman Gallery.

1975

John Outterbridge becomes director of the Watts Towers Arts Center.

decade

1980s

1988

John Outterbridge has a solo exhibition at Watts Towers Art Center.

decade

1990s

1995

Senga Nengudi and John Outterbridge are included in the Watts Towers Art Center's 25th anniversary exhibition, Homecoming.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. Chromogenic development print; series of 11, each: 12 × 18 in. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist’s proof. © Senga Nengudi. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. Photo: Roderick “Quaku” Young.

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