Ken Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles based artist whose interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, a Master of Arts in art history from Hunter College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. His photographs have been exhibited at: The J. Paul Getty Museum; LACMA; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery; The New Museum; REDCAT; LAXART; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Tomas Dane Gallery, London; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City, Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, among others. His monographs include Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (Duke University Press, 2006) and Profiled (LACMA, 2011). Gonzales-Day has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including grants from Art Matters, the California Community Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Creative Capital, the Smithsonian’s S.A.R.F., and a Guggenheim fellowship in photography. Gonzales-Day is the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art at Scripps College.
Ken Gonzales-Day will be giving a free lecture with guest faculty member Benjamin Timpson on June 12, 2022 from 7-8PM. Click here to register.
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