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Ken Gonzales-Day

CUE Art Foundation


Ken Gonzales-Day


Ken Gonzales-Day: CUE Art Foundation 

Drawing its title from a book manuscript of the same name, Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 considers the transracial nature of lynching in California from stathood to the last recorded lynchings in 1935. Given the broad number of people touched by this history (Asian, Anglos, American, Chilean, and persons of Latin American descent) were statistically more likely to die of lynching than those of African, Asian or European decent. The work included in the CUE Art Foundation exhibition considers, and responds to, this historical erasure through a number of conceptual interventions that interrogate the legacy of lynching and its relationship to photography. Such images once circulated as postcards, view cards, and were collected in albums. Today, many of theses images continue to circulate through on-line auctions, antique stores, and archival ( and not so archival) copy prints. The work included in exhibition reflect upon this forgetten past while inviting the viewer to consider how these legacies of oppression and denial have been transformed within a more contemporary landscape. Lynching in the West: 1850- 1935 is a John Hope Franklin Center book, forthcoming from Duke University Press, 2006

Publisher: CUE Art Foundation (2006)
ISBN-10: 0977641740
ISBN-13: 978-0977641741

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