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Ken Gonzales-Day

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. His 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'École 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.

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.

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Donated Art Piece

Untitled (Psyche)

Digital LightJet print. Created in 2011. AP edition. Courtesy of Gonzales-Day and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (gallery).

Dimensions: 28” x 22” inches (29” x 23” framed)