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Ken Gonzales-Day

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HANDS UP

HANDS UP, 2015

CHROMOGENIC PRINT

IMAGE: 50 5/16 X 46 IN / PAPER: 53 5/16 X 49 1/2 IN
Edition of 8

BRIEF BIO

Born 1964, Santa Clara, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles

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. Using the sculpture and portrait bust collections of several major museums including: The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Field Museum, The Museum of Man in San Diego, L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, The Bode Museum, and Park Sanssouci in Potsdam, Profiled is as an exploration of the influence of eighteenth century "scientific" thought on twenty-first century institutions ranging from the prison to the museum. His Photo Arts Council (PAC) Prize winning book, Profiled, was published in 2011 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Prominent collections include Getty Research Institute; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Eileen Norton Harris Foundation; L’École des Beaux-Arts, Paris; and Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris; Williamson Gallery, Scripps College; Pomona College Museum of Art; City of Los Angeles.

Ken Gonzales-Day earned his MFA from the University of California, Irvine and an MA from City University of New York, New York. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and also attended St. Luc: L’École des Arts Plastique, Liége, Belgium. Gonzales-Day lives and works in Los Angeles, and is professor of art at Scripps College, Claremont, CA. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in photography; the first LACMA Photo Arts Council (PAC) Prize, Creative Capital Award; Chercheur Accueilli, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA); COLA (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Award; Art Matters Grant; California Community Foundation/Getty Trust Mid-Career Award; 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; and, Van Lier Fellow, ISP (Independent Study Program), Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

BRIEF CV

Born 1964, Santa Clara, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles


EDUCATION

 

1995 M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Irvine, CA
1991 M.A., "Another Colonial American: Mission Architecture in New Mexico," Art History, City University of New York, New York, NY
1987 B.F.A., Painting (Art History minor), Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1983 Certificate, Studio Art, St. Luc: L’Ecole Des Arts Plastique, Liége, Belgium


RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
 

2018
"Out of Place," National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
 

2017
"My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County," in association with the Getty Institute’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA at Chapman University, Irvine, CA
"Surface Tension," in association with the Getty Institute’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA at Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
"New Works from Profiled Series," in association with the Getty Institute’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA at Lancaster Museum of Art and History
"Bone Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River," in association with the Getty Institute’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
"Shadowlands," Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minneapolis, MN
 

2016
"Run Up," Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage
"Run Up", Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 

2012
"Hang Trees/Profiled/Portraits," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Ken Gonzales-Day: Profiled" (billboard), Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
"Profiled," Galerie Steph, Singapore
"Disappearing into the Trees," Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA


RECENT SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

2016
"Skin," LAMAG, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
 

2015
"One After Another," Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Phantom Bodies," Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
"With Eyes Wide Open," Figure One, U of IL, Champaign, IL
"A World of Strangers," The Huntington, San Marino, CA
"Our America (traveling)," Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
"The Art of Idea Festival," 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY
"Oak & Thistle," Metro Art Lightbox Program, Union Station, Los Angeles, CA
"Second Sight," Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
"Cabinet of Ghosts," OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA
"Wave & Particle," Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY
"Our America (traveling)," Utah Museum of Fine , Salt Lake City, UT
"Venturing Out of The Heart of Darkness," Gantt Center for African-American Arts, Charlotte, NC
 

2014
"Faculty Exhibition," Scripps College, Claremont, CA
"Our America," (travel), Crocker Art Musuem, Sacramento, CA
"Ephemeral: Unraveling History," Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Expo Chicago, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Chicago, IL
"Encounters at the Edge of the Forest," Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
"Left Coast," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Paris Photo Los Angeles, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Ghosts - Revisted," Goethe Institut, Los Angeles, CA
"Ghosts," Arena1, Santa Monica, CA
"COLA Anniversary Exhibition," Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery @ LAX, Los Angeles, CA
 

2013
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles @ UNTITLED. Miami, FL
"Focus on Photographs", Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
"Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art", Smithsonian Institution/American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
"Fronteridad, migración, territorios y nomadismo artístico" Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
"Network and Mutuability", The Art Gallery at the University of Marylard, Balitmore, MD
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles @ Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX
 

2012
"tc: temporary contemporary," Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL
"Metro Orange Line Exhibition," Los Angeles Valley College Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
"Messerschmidt and Modernity," The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
"Figure/Form in Contemporary Photography," LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
"The Crash Of Ruin Fitfully Resounds: Nena Amsler, Jennifer Boysen, Kaucyila Brooke, Tony De Los Reyes, Mara De Luca, Ken Gonzales-Day, Christian Keinstar, Christopher Russell, Analia Saban," organized by Luis De Jesus and Carole Ann Klonarides
"Portrayal/Betrayal," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
"Game On," Peveto Gallery, Houston, TX
"Making Sense: Contemporary LA Photo Artists," Art Gallery NSW, Sydney, Australia
"Artist Protest Tower," (Mark de Suvero) LAXART/Getty Research Institute / Pacific Standard Time, Sunset Blvd. and Hilldale, West Hollywood, CA
LACMA Photographic Arts Council Booth, Photo LA, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA


FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
 

2017 Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY
2014 Artist Research Fellowship, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
2013 American Senior Artist, Terra Summer Residency Program, Giverny, France
Chercheur Accueilli, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (INHA), Paris, France
2012 Creative Capital Grant to continue Profiled series
2011 Chercheur Accueilli, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), Paris France
City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA
2008-9 Visiting Scholar + Artist-In-Residence, Getty Research Institute, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Art Matters Grant, New York, NY
2007 Mid-Career Fellowship for Los Angeles Artists, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
2003-4 Senior Fellow, Latino Initiatives Program, Smithsonian Institution, American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
2002 Creative Arts Residency, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy
Arnold and Lois Graves Award for Achievement in the Humanities, Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
2001 Artist’s Completion Grant (ARC), Durfee Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
1997 Institutional Award for a solo exhibition at Out North Art House, National Endowment for the Arts / Western States Art Federation (NEA / WESTAF)
1996 Regional Fellowship in Visual Arts, New Genre, National Endowment for the Arts / Western States Art Federation (NEA / WESTAF)
1995 The American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY
1992 Van Lier Fellow, Whitney Independent Study Program (ISP) in Studio Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


SELECTED COLLECTIONS
 

21C Museum and Hotel, Louisville, TN
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Eileen Norton Harris Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Getty Research Institute, Special Collections, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies LACPS, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Administrative Building, Los Angeles, CA
Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, France
Muse [X] Editions, Los Angeles, CA (produced edition)
Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Smithsonian Institution, American Art Museum, Washington DC
21C Museum, Louisville, KY
University of California, Irvine, CA
Williamson Art Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Claremont College Digital Library, On-line database "Ken Gonzales-Day Collection."
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), Los Angeles, CA

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