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November 07, 2017

REVIEW: KEN GONZALES-DAY IN ARTILLERY

The singularly remarkable thing about Ken Gonzales-Day’s re-creation of his breakthrough 1993-96 photographic project, “Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River,” is the infinitely expansive temporal envelope it seems to occupy. This is more than partially by design in that it appropriates literary tropes and motives of 19th century frontier novels to serve a much larger conceptual and cultural conversation.
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October 20, 2017

KEN GONZALES-DAY REVIEW: "AN ARTIST REIMAGINES HIS ANCESTORS THROUGH COSTUMED SELF-PORTRAITS"

WHAT SEPARATES KEN GONZALES-DAY'S EXHIBITION BONE-GRASS BOY FROM THE MASS OF ARTWORK ADDRESSING THE POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION IS ITS INVESTMENT IN INTIMATE AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

Created almost entirely during the 1990s, Ken Gonzales-Day’s exhibition Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River is historical, yet urgently timely. Using methods of appropriation and costumed self-portraiture associated with the Pictures Generation, Gonzales-Day was busy in the close of the 20th century stacking dynamite at the door of the white art canon. [ READ MORE ]

October 20, 2017

review: Ken Gonzales-Day: Surface Tension: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA, at Skirball Cultural Center

Ken Gonzales-Day’s exhibition documenting over 140 street artworks in Los Angeles is more than a history of Los Angeles Murals. By entitling the exhibition Surface Tension: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA, Gonzales-Day calls attention to the changing culture of street art and the tensions that arise between artists, communities and authorities when attempting to decorate myriad surfaces of the city. [ READ MORE ]

October 12, 2017

Zackary Drucker featured in: The best events for the week and beyond

#9: The Museum of Contemporary Photography's new exhibition, "Disruptive Perspectives,” collects pictures from the none-of-the-above/just-me lives on the boundaries between binary categories of gender and sexuality. Central to the exhibition, the series “Relationship” documents a period when the then-couple Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, now co-producers on the TV show “Transparent,” were sort of cross-transitioning, Drucker male to female and Ernst vice versa. On Nov. 29, Drucker visits to lecture about her work. Oct. 12-Dec. 22. Free.   more

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave.  [ READ MORE ]

October 11, 2017

ken gonzales-day review: "Flaten Art Museum exhibit addresses radicalized violence"

“Shadowlands made me think a lot about the unspoken. There is a lot of goodness in the world and people aren’t afraid to share that, but it’s different when it’s the opposite,” Suvd Davaadorj ’20 said.  [ READ MORE ]

October 11, 2017

Ken Gonzales-Day featured: "Photographer Parses the Politics and Relevance of L.A.’s Murals and Marks"

Ken Gonzales-Day is best known for his conceptually-rich photographs. Notable among them is his “Erased Lynching” series, where he digitally removed execution victims from vintage postcards to draw attention to the expunging of Latinos from the history of lynching, which is often associated with particular races and geographical areas. During the Fall ’17 season, Gonzales-Day’s work will be exhibited at Luis De Jesus Gallery, The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, and the Skirball Cultural Center.   more

An artist with a sincere interest in art history and cultural issues, his exhibition at the Skirball, “Surface Tension,” engages the mural landscape of Los Angeles and the many issues surrounding graphic arts in the public square.  [ READ MORE ]

September 12, 2017

Ken gonzales-day review: Is it clay? No, glass! Is it woman? No, man!
Edward Goldman talks about two ambitious exhibitions as part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA.

This week is the start of the ambitious project initiated and funded by The Getty - Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. PST: LA/LA consists of more than 70 exhibitions at various cultural institutions from San Diego to Santa Barbara. But today, I want to talk about two particular gallery exhibitions that are part of this project. [ READ MORE ]

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 ]