KEN GONZALES-DAY (AMERICAN)
Title: Unknown #74 1997
Frame: Double 2-1/2" W; mat glass
Ken Gonzales-Day's 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. The Searching for California Hang Trees series offered a critical look at the legacies of landscape photography in the West while his most recent project considers the sculptural depiction of race. Profiled began as an exploration of the influence of eighteenth century "scientific" thought on twenty-first century institutions ranging from the museum to the prison. The series includes photographs from the sculpture and portrait bust collections of several major museums including: The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Field Museum in Chicago, The Museum of Man in San Diego, L'Ìäcole des beaux-arts in Paris, The Bode Museum in Berlin, Park Sanssouci in Potsdam, The National Museum of Natural History in Paris, among others. Gonzales-Day lives in Los Angeles and is Chair of the Art Department at Scripps College.
Fellowships and grants include:
Chercheur Accueilli, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA); COLA Individual Artist Award; Art Mattes Grant; Mid-Career Award, California Communtiy Foundation; Durfee Fondation ACG; Graves Award for the Humanities; Visiting Scholar/Artist-in-Residence, Getty Research Institute; Senior Fellow, American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy; Van Lier Fellow, ISP, Whitney Museum of American Art; Rotary International.
Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (Durham: Duke, 2006) and the PAC Prize book PROFILED (Los Angeles: LACMA, 2011).
Select solo exhibitions include:
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Galerie Steph, Singapore; The Vincent Price Museum, LA; Fred Torres Collaborations, NYC; Tufts University, Medford, MA; Las Cienegas Projects, L.A.; UCSD Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA; Steve Turner Contemporary, L.A.; LAXART, L.A.; CUE Art Foundation, NY, NY; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Susanne Vielmetter Projects, L. A.; Cristinerose Gallery, NY, NY; White Columns, NY, NY, among others.
Select group exhibitions include:
MDE11, Medellin; COLA 2011, LAMAG, L.A.; Spy Numbers, Palais de Tokyo, Paris;How Many Billboards, MAK Center, W.H.; State of Mind, MoPA, San Diego; Phantom Sightings, LACMA, L.A.(Traveled); Encuentro Hemispherico, Bogota; Under Erasure, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin; Under Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC; ArtMediaPolitique, DIX291, Paris; Viva Mexico, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (traveled); Past Over, Steve Turner Contemporary, L.A.; Crimes of Omission, ICA Philadelphia; Exile of the Imaginary, Generali Foundation, Vienna; Civil Restitutions, Thomas Dane Gallery, London; An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life, REDCAT, L.A.; Log Cabin, Artist's Space, NYC; Made in California, LACMA, L.A.; Reimaging the West, SF Camerawork, S. F.; FotoLatina, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Five Continents and One City, Mexico City; and the Art Mall at the New Museum, NYC; among others.
His work in the Collections of: Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum; Getty Research Institute; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; City of Los Angeles; Metropolitan Transit Authority, L.A.; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Eileen Harris Norton Foundation; Pomona College Museum of Art; Scripps College, Claremont; L'Ecole des beaux-arts, Paris; and Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, among others.