Diálogos

Ken Gonzales-Day

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (DLG12)

Ken Gonzales-Day, “Rodin: Auguste Rodin, Left Hand of a Pianist (LACMA),” 2019, 40 x 50 inches, archival ink on Canson Photo Satin paper. Courtesy: the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Ken Gonzales-Day, “Rodin: Auguste Rodin, Left Hand of a Pianist (LACMA),” 2019, 40 x 50 inches, archival ink on Canson Photo Satin paper. Courtesy: the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

 

Ken Gonzales-Day Born 1964, Santa Clara; lives in Los Angeles

Gonzales-Day’s interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from lynching photographs to museum displays. Gonzales-Day’s own research into the history of racial depiction and historic educational displays has brought new attention to the material legacies of slavery, colonialism, imperialism, gender normativity, and whiteness.

For Diálogos, Ken Gonzales-Day has created a new series of photographs, titled Constellations, culled from his research into the collections of LACMA, PAFA, The Louvre, The Royal Cast Collection and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Imagined as a dialog with the past, the work invites viewers to reconsider an array of historical art objects that have contributed to notions of race and whiteness. The artist has identified, located, and photographed hundreds of sculptural works in museum collections as a way of unpacking the material remains of white racial formation in the disciplines of art and art history.

Ken Gonzales-Day received an MFA from the University of California Irvine, an MA in Art History from City University of New York, and a BFA from Pratt Institute. He has exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The New Museum, New York; and Generali Foundation, Vienna, among others. In 2017, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography. He is a Professor of Art at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, where he has taught since 1995.