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September 12, 2017

Ken gonzales-day review: Pacific Standard Time Returns with Sprawling
Latin American and Latino Art Program

The Getty’s long-awaited initiative on Latin American and Latino Art, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, officially kicks off this week.

This week, the Getty’s long-awaited initiative on Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA), officially kicks off, with dozens of exhibitions opening at venues all across Southern California.   more

From a survey of pre-Columbian luxury objects at the Getty to the Hammer’s show on Radical Women artists in Latin America to Ken Gonzales-Day’s photographic survey of LA murals, PST: LA/LA ambitiously attempts to capture the breadth of hundreds of years of art from Latin America and by Latina/os in the US. [ READ MORE ]

September 12, 2017

ken gonzales-day featured: What Is Latin American Art? Finding Answers at Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

...Ken Gonzales-Day's exhibit "Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River" at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles in Culver City (through Oct. 28) is the product of such excavations. Tracing his family back to 16th-century New Mexico, the Los Angeles artist learns about his complicated genealogy and writes his family history as if it were a novel in which his ancestors are the characters. The exhibit, which runs as a complementary show to PST, features
photographs of the artist posing as each character, both male and female.   more

Most prominently, he performs the role of Ramoncita, a "two-spirited" Zuni woman of New Mexico wearing Spanish colonial garb.  [ READ MORE ]

September 12, 2017

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA – the perfect exhibition for Trump's America

From themes of borders and immigration to its role in a city dealing with conflict
between its Latino communities and the art world, this large-scale Los Angeles
exhibition could not feel more timely.

As Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the city-wide exhibition that focuses on the relationship between Los Angeles, its Latino communities and Latin America gets under way, there are hopes that some of the butting of heads between elements of the art world and the communities they serves can ease.

Getty Foundation deputy director Joan Weinstein, who helped organize the more than 70 shows involved in the project, hopes it will help start conversations between art spaces and communities that have started to oppose them. [ READ MORE ]

May 04, 2017

Lia Halloran Review: Before 'Hidden Figures,' there were the Harvard Computers. Now their work has inspired this art

Lia Halloran’s big, beautiful maps of stars and other astronomical phenomena at Luis De Jesus gallery pay tribute to a little-known group of female scientists dubbed the Harvard Computers. Annie Jump Cannon, Cecilia Payne, Henrietta Leavitt and others were predecessors of the female mathematicians lionized in the film “Hidden Figures.” [ READ MORE ]

May 01, 2017


In 2001, Ken Gonzales-Day set out to write a book on Latino portraiture in 19th- and 20th- century California; his research led to his discovery of dozens of images and written records of lynching, and, ultimately, to his 2006 book Lynching in the West, 1850-1935. On view through April 16 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Shadowlands, which grew out of this publication, comprises his own photographs, archival images, books, and ephemera.   more

All of this material, along with his photographs about this country’s recent racial violence, deftly compresses history and raises questions about our historic construction of race. [ READ MORE ]

April 22, 2017

CITY PAGES Best Museum Exhibition: Ken Gonzales-Day'S "Shadowlands"

California-based photographer, researcher, and writer Ken Gonzales-Day mines the history of racial violence in the United States through his provocative work, which was on view this year at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in “Shadowlands.” By digitally altering photographs, he erased lynching victims, shifting the focus of those gruesome scenes to the crowd watching the horrific spectacle.   more

Other work on view in this exhibit, curated by Christopher Atkins, included photographs documenting the artist’s own journey to find the trees that were used for lynchings, and composite works juxtaposing lynching re-enactments with photographs of protests against police violence today. In all, it was a compelling and thought-provoking exhibition. [ READ MORE ]

April 07, 2017

KEN GONZALES-DAY awarded 2017 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWShip in Photography

For immediate release April 7, 2017
2017 Fellows—United States and Canada

On April 6, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists.   more

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-third competition.

The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is one of the unique characteristics of the Fellowship program. In all, forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, sixty-four different academic institutions, twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from twenty-seven to seventy-nine. Sixty-eight Fellows have no academic affiliation or hold adjunct or part-time positions at universities. In addition, the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation is once again underwriting the Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation, is enthusiastic about the Fellows in the class of 2017: “It’s exciting to name 173 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $350 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors.
The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. New and continuing donations from friends, Trustees, former Fellows, and other foundations have ensured that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation will be able to continue its historic mission.
For more information on the Fellows and their projects, please visit the Foundation’s website at 

April 06, 2017

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY | Luis De Jesus and Thinkspace

"Around the corner at Luis De Jesus, it was so packed that it took us seven minutes of standing on tiptoe to see over the crowd in order to find the bar. This was a far more sophisticated party in terms of age; mid-career professional artists clinking cocktail glasses with a gang of tipsy elderly ladies."  [ READ MORE ]

March 24, 2017


Just around the corner at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles they are showing Britton Tolliver’s “Powdered Toast” through March 25. The back room is filled with Tolliver’s abstract, brightly hued, medium -format works.

Tollivers’ new paintings still begin with a “Grid Base” seen in older works. That is to say the base layer of the paintings are a network of intersecting tile-like surfaces separated by paint grout that meet at either perpendicular planes or at varied angles.   more

Some take on the look of traditional terra-cotta tiles and others are multi-colored paintings in themselves. [ READ MORE ]

March 23, 2017

Federico Solmi featured in Robert Ayers' Resistance Project "Artists Speak Out"

Federico Solmi was one of the standout artists at this year’s Armory Week in New York. In my review for, I called his Volta show in the Luis De Jesus Los Angeles booth “particularly striking”. In fact his was the only work at Volta that I discussed at any length.

Federico’s videos are made with a mind-boggling array of media from drawing and painting through 3D animation, video-game technologies, and kinetic technology.   more

More to the point they engage with the worst aspects of contemporary societies, their histories, and the politics they have put in place or found themselves saddled with. Corruption, vanity, greed, dishonesty, and downright evil are his recurrent subjects. Though this may all sound rather depressing, Federico manages to concoct out of this material work that is at once alarming and bizarrely entertaining. [ READ MORE ]