Regarding Paul R. Williams: Janna Ireland and Cindy Olnick in conversation at Hennessey+Ingalls

On Saturday December 5, 2020, at 3 pm, Hennessey + Ingalls Art and Architecture Bookstore hosts photographer Janna Ireland and preservationist Cindy Olnick as they discuss architect Paul R. Williams.
In her just-released book of photographs, Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View (Angel City Press, 2020), fine-art photographer Janna Ireland explores the work of the first AIA-certified Black architect west of the Mississippi River. Ireland captures Williams’ brilliance in a series of intimate black-and-white photographs, giving the reader a vision of his work that is both universal and highly personal. More than a book of architectural photographs, Regarding Paul R. Williams is the result of one artist’s encounter with another, connecting across different generations within the same city.

Book release party for “Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe” by Alison Saar

The Armory and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College invite you to celebrate the release of Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe.
This virtual publication lauch program will feature conversations with special guests, poetry readings, and a festive toast as we unveil the most comprehensive publication on Saar to date.

Participants include Alison Saar and scholar Christina Sharpe with key representatives from both institutions who will read poems included in the catalogue.

Saar will conclude the event with a libation created live, followed by a ceremonial blessing. The libation recipe will be provided to guests who RSVP for the event.

Janna Ireland discusses “Regarding Paul R. Williams”

Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View is a photographic exploration of the work of the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi River. Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, Paul Revere Williams was a Los Angeles native who built a wildly successful career as an architect decades before the Civil Rights Movement. He designed municipal buildings and private homes as well as banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. He designed public housing projects and mansions for celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. In 1923, Williams became the first Black member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, nearly forty years after his death, he became the first Black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.

Janna Ireland discusses Regarding “Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View”

Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View is a photographic exploration of the work of the first AIA-certified African American architect west of the Mississippi River. Known as “Hollywood’s Architect”, Paul Revere Williams was a Los Angeles native who built a wildly successful and as an architect decades before the Civil Rights Movement. He designed municipal buildings and private homes as well as banks, churches, hospitals, and university halls. He designed public housing projects and mansions for celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. In 1923, Williams became the first black member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2017, nearly forty years after his death, he became the first black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.