Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator: Late-Modern Mirror Glass Architecture, 1970-1985
Lecture by Daniel Paul

Slide Show by Daniel Hipólito

FREE and open to the public / refreshments available
Developments commence at 7:00 pm / Smooth Operator at 7:45

A student of the vernacular and the weird, architectural historian Daniel Paul brings a head's sensibility to research pursuits across the vast text that is the built environment of Southern California. In this illustrated Power Point lecture, he reveals the history and aesthetic underpinnings of one of it's most identifiable tropes: curtain walls of mirrored glass – from countless corporate centers of Orange County to the iconic Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Alongside Paul's academic and professional practices, he has lectured on Miss Velma at the Ye Olde Hushe Clubbe, and focused preservation efforts for Bottle Village and The Integratron.

Developments is an ongoing photography project of media artist Daniel Hipólito. Documenting his downtown drifts with a salvaged cell phone camera, he has devised a lo-tech digital urbanism – zooming in on architectural and infrastructural details of our metropolis. Mirror glass curtain walls are a recurrent subject of his hazy gaze, and – considered along with security cameras, cell phone towers, and helicopters – these reflective surfaces suggest a sort of reverse surveillance, re-viewing the visage of the one-way. Aside from Developments, Hipólito issues sound and performs under the name Smokey Emery.

Organized by Tim Leanse

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA)
709 N Hill Street, Los Angeles 90012
(Enter on Ord Street)