MOCA: In Conversation


In Conversation: Ken Gonzales-Day


Join us at MOCA Grand Avenue for a conversation between MOCA collection artist Ken Gonzales-Day and MOCA Curator Anna Katz. Taking place in the galleries of Long Story Short, the pair will discuss Gonzales-Day’s practice, as well as his two photographs currently on view in the exhibition.

Thursday, March 9, 2023
10:00am | Outdoor coffee and pastries
10:30am | Conversation

Capacity is limited. Space is available first-come, first-served based on RSVP

About Ken Gonzales-Day
Ken Gonzales-Day’s interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded photographic projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems. Gonzales-Day is a Getty scholar and a Terra Foundation and Smithsonian Museum fellow. In 2018, he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Fletcher Jones Chair in Art at Scripps College and professor of art, Gonzales-Day’s exhaustive research and book Lynching in the West, 1850-1935 (2006) led to a re-evaluation of the history of lynching in this country. The book shed light on the little-known history of frontier justice and vigilantism.

About the exhibition
Long Story Short presents artworks dating from the 1970s to the present day, drawn from MOCA’s world-renowned, ever-growing collection of more than 7,500 objects. It demonstrates the myriad ways contemporary artists have addressed aesthetic, political, and philosophical concerns in the last fifty years, whether by reclaiming public space in guerilla-style street performances, innovating new forms, commemorating loves and losses, challenging the hierarchy of art and craft, or rethinking the conventions of portraiture. By exhibiting artworks that are widely regarded as hallmarks of the museum’s collection alongside lesser-known pieces, recent acquisitions, and artworks that have never previously been on view at MOCA, Long Story Short reminds us that art history, and history more broadly, is made in the present.