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LACMA and Metro Art Present An Evening with Ken Gonzales-Day

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join Metro Art-commissioned artist Ken Gonzales-Day and LACMA curators Eve Schillo, Associate Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, and Rita Gonzalez, Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, as they delve into Gonzales-Day’s latest artwork, Urban Excavation: Ancestors, Avatars, Bodhisattvas, Buddhas, Sages, Spirits, Symbols, and Other Objects. This site-specific installation, in process for the future Metro Wilshire/Fairfax station, draws inspiration from LACMA’s extensive permanent collection. Learn about the collaborative relationship between Gonzales-Day, LACMA, and Metro in creating a new public artwork for the Los Angeles County transit system in this enlightening conversation.

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KEN GONZALEZ-DAY’s interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems, from lynching photography to museum displays. Gonzales-Day’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of The Getty, LACMA, MOCA, MoMA, The Chicago Art Institute, The National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the American Art Museum in D.C., among others. His monographs include Lynching in the West: 1850–1935 (Duke) and Profiled (LACMA, 2011). Gonzales-Day holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art and at Scripps College and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography in 2017.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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