Ken Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from lynching photographs to museum displays. His widely exhibited Erased Lynching series (ongoing), along with the publication of Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (Duke University Press, 2006) transformed the understanding of racialized violence in the United States and raised awareness of the lynching of Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, and African-Americans in California and helped to ground anti-immigration and collective acts of violence within the larger discussion of racial formation, policing, and racial justice movements.
Works from the Profiled Series have been exhibited internationally and grew out of research into the history of racial depiction found in historic expositions and educational museum displays from the Trocadero Museum in Paris to the 1915-1916 California-Panama Exposition in San Diego.
In 2017, Gonzales-Day received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography and was awarded the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art at Scripps College. Gonzales-Day is presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
Gonzales-Day received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, an MFA from the University of California Irvine, an MA from Hunter College in NYC, and was a Van Lier Fellow in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. His work has been widely exhibited including, The J. Paul Getty Museum, LAXART, The Skirball, and LACMA, all in Los Angeles; The Tamayo and the Museum of the City in Mexico City; The Palais de Tokyo in Paris; The New Museum, The Kitchen, Jack Shainmann Gallery, and El Museo del Barrio in NYC; The Generali Foundation in Vienna, and Thomas Dane Gallery in London, among others.
(Photo by: Wally Skalij)
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