Scripps College professor Ken Gonzales-Day views art at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College Monday which is exhibiting his latest body of works, “Queer-ish: Photography and the LGBTQ+ Imaginary.” Courier photo/Andrew Alonzo


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 policing, migration, and racial justice.

Works from the Profiled Series and related award winning publication Profiled (LACMA, 2011) have been exhibited internationally and grew out of research into the history of racial depiction from the collections of over forty museums including, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Field Museum, Getty Museum, LACMA,, NMNH  Paris, NPG & SAAM of the Smithsonian Institutions, among others. He is currently working on a project with the YCBA and the Yale Peabody in New Haven.

Ken Gonzales-Day received his MFA from UC Irvine; MA from Hunter College; was a Van Leer Fellow at the Whitney Museum’s ISP. Senior Fellowships include: Getty GRI, Smithsonian SAAM and SARF, Terra Foundation in Giverny, Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy. Gonzales-Day has received fellowships and awards from Art Matters, Avery Foundation, California Community Foundation, COLA, Creative Capital, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography in 2017. His work is in the collections of: Chicago Art Inst., Getty, LACMA; MOCA, MoMA, S.B. Museum of Art, Smithsonian NPG and SAAM, among others.

Gonzales-Day holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art at Scripps College and is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and serves on the Board of Directors for L.A.C.E., 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. He was a Van Lier Fellow in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program and his work has been widely exhibited including, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA, MOCA Los Angeles, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, LAXART; Eastman Museum Rochester, Tamayo Museum; Palais de Tokyo Paris; New Museum, The Kitchen, Jack Shainmann, El Museo del Barrio NYC; Generali Foundation, Vienna, Thomas Dane Gallery London, among others.

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