Harry Everett Smith was an American archivist, ethnomusicologist, experimental filmmaker, artist, bohemian, magician, and mystic. He was born in Portland, Oregon in 1923, and lived at Ace New York when it was The Breslin Hotel. So we’re pretty fond of him.
OMFGCo and resident artist Johnne Eschleman designed and installed this photograph of Harry shot by Allen Ginsberg at The Breslin in 1985. Harry dubbed it “Transforming Milk into Milk.” Come by the lobby sometime and see it.
And many thanks to Rani Singh at the Getty Research Institute.
Johnne Eschleman is the resident artist at Ace Hotel New York. He also made the walls and signs special at Ace Hotel Portland. Johnne tears up old dictionaries and uses heavy equipment under the influence. He has a good eye for straight lines and lyrics unfurling backwards. He keeps hours we could call odd, but they are our hours, too.
If you’re ever standing around in New York or Portland, look at the walls, and look for Johnne. He might be around.