Discover the architectural designs of Paul Revere Williams through the lens of Janna Ireland
Nicknamed “the architect of the stars”, Paul Revere Williams (1894-1980) was the first licensed African-American architect to work in the western region of the United States. His list of clients included Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and EL Cord, and he is associated with several Los Angeles architectural icons, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and LAX airport. Despite these and other accomplishments, Williams’ work is often under-recognized. Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art, Janna Ireland on the architectural legacy of Paul Revere Williams in Nevada focuses on the work of Williams through the photographs of contemporary artist Janna Ireland.
Since 2016, Ireland has captured Williams’ architecture from a fine art perspective, producing photographs that highlight the intimate interior and exterior details of his buildings while providing his own poetic response to Williams’ work. The initial body of photographs from Ireland focused on Williams’ work in Southern California. In 2021, Ireland was named the Peter E. Pool Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, a fellowship that supports the study and photography of Williams’ work in Nevada. These photographs are presented for the first time in the exhibition.
Williams’ architectural contributions have collectively helped redefine the Western Region’s built environment.
Through the photographs of Janna Ireland, Williams’ many contributions to the Nevada architectural landscape can now be known. We are proud to present his vision to those who may not be familiar with the work of this important black architect.
Carmen Beals, Associate Curator and Outreach Director, Nevada Museum of Art
In 1923 Williams became the first black member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2017, nearly 40 years after his death, he became the first black recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.
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