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      LIVE ON CROWDCAST: JANNA IRELAND discusses her new nonfiction book REGARDING PAUL R. WILLIAMS with VICTOR JONES in Los Angeles


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      September 29, 2020

      Tuesday   4:30 PM

      1818 N Vermont Avenue
      Los Angeles, California 90027

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      LIVE ON CROWDCAST: JANNA IRELAND discusses her new nonfiction book REGARDING PAUL R. WILLIAMS with VICTOR JONES

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      Regarding Paul R. Williams (Angel City Press)

      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.

      In her book Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View, artist Janna Ireland explores the work and legacy of Williams through a series of intimate black-and-white photographs. Ireland gives the reader a vision of Williams 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.

      Janna Ireland was born in Philadelphia, but has chosen Los Angeles as her home. She holds an MFA from the UCLA Department of Art and a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU. Ireland is the 2013 recipient of the Snider Prize, presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago, and in group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. She has been published in ApertureHarper’sArt PapersVice, and the Los Angeles Times.

      Victor Jones is a designer, writer, and cultural activist. His creative and intellectual work stands at the intersection of architecture, community engagement, and the urban experience. His written works include (IN)FORMAL L.A.: The Space of Politics (eVolo Press, 2014); and Un pont à part | A Distant Bridge (MétisPresses, 2016). Jones is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and design principal of Fièvre + Jones, Inc. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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