two busts of womyn

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Ken Gonzales-Day, “Untitled: Bust of an African Woman by Henry Weeks; marble, 1859; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Bust of Mm. Adélaïde Julie Mirleau de Newville, née Garnier d’Isle by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle; marble, 1750s” (2009), archival ink on rag paper, 32 x 61 inches (image courtesy the Artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles)

by Matt Stromberg

Face to Face: Ken Gonzales-Day

Face to Face unites two complementary bodies of work by LA-based photographer Ken Gonzales-Day. Pandemic Portraits includes photographs of artists, dancers, writers, and other culture workers taken at the height of the pandemic, shedding light on moments of intimacy in the face of isolation. Profiled features images of sculptural busts and other works found in storage rooms of major US museums, including the Smithsonian and the National Portrait Gallery, raising critical questions about race, identity, and representation. The two series are linked by a 2022 portrait of Dr. Steven Pratt of the Osage Nation and an image of the 1904 bust of his great grandfather, Shonke Mon-thi^.

Claremont Lewis Museum of Art (
200 West First Street, Claremont, California
Through January 21, 2024


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