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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 Univ. Press, 2006) transformed the understanding of racialized violence in the United States and specifically raised awareness of the lynching of Latinxs, Native Americans, Asians,  African-Americans, and other Californians as well as to re-contextualize anti-immigration histories within the larger discussion of racial formation so central to this historical moment.

Works from the Profiled (LACMA, 2011) 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 1915-16 California-Panama Exposition to the Trocadero Museum in Paris.

In 2017, Gonzales-Day received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in photography and holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art at Scripps College. Gonzales-Day is represented by Luis De Jesus (Gallery) Los Angeles.


Gonzales-Day received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, an MFA from the University of California Irvine, and an MA from Hunter College in NYC. His work has been widely exhibited including LACMA, LAXART, The Getty, The Skirball, The Wende, Susanne Viellmetter, all in Los Angeles. His work has also been two major traveling exhibitions organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and has a two-person exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2018. Other group exhibitions include The Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; The Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Thomas Dane Gallery in London; The Generali Foundation, Vienna; The New Museum, The Kitchen, El Museo del Barrio, and Jack Shainman Gallery, all in NYC; among others.


(photo by: Wally Skalij)

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