Ken Gonzales-Day, Two men were taken., 2007, Lightjet print on aluminum, 39 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Ken Gonzales-Day

Online Event
Thursday, May 21, 2020
5:00 pm –  6:00 pm

We invite you to join Bridge Projects for a conversation with the artist Ken Gonzales-Day.

Bridge Projects’ ongoing series Echo/Locate places both ourselves and the artist in an ongoing historic, philosophical, spiritual, and art-historical conversation. Previous iterations have taken place in artist studios, where work, life, and conversation easily mingle. Given our current restrictions, mingling is best done virtually, and so we invite you to engage this artist via zoom. In lieu of wine and finger foods, Gonzales-Day has suggested homemade margaritas, and a zoom link will be provided with an RSVP.

We will examine never before exhibited images from Gonzales-Day’s series Searching for California Hang Trees and Erased Lynchings and embark upon an hour-long exploration into the purpose and power of the artist’s work. Gonzales-Day will be in his studio, and the Bridge Projects team will be scattered throughout Los Angeles at locations pertaining to his practice. Please note, this event includes historic photography that might be disturbing for some viewers.

Ken Gonzales-Day is a Los Angeles based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers history, race, and the nature of systems representing these things, ranging from lynching photographs to museum displays. His widely exhibited Erased Lynching series (2006), along with the book Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 (2006), has brought new understanding to racialized violence in the United States, particularly the lynching of Latinos, Native Americans, Asians in California’s early history.

Installation view of To Bough and To Bend, artists pictured L to R: Gil Delindro, Robert Adams, Harold Mendez, Ken Gonzales-Day, photo: Robert Wedemeyer