Ken Gonzales-Day


Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer

Hang Trees

Hang Trees derived from Gonzales-Day's own research into the history of lynching in California. These images were taken with an old wooden Deardorff 8 x 10 camera, over a six-year period in nearly every county in California. In researching, exploring and photographing these sites, Gonzales-Day sought to look for, and witness these sites, "knowing that many could never be found."


Ken Gonzales-Day lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from UC Irvine, and his MA in Art History from Hunter College (C.U.N.Y). Fellowships include: Whitney Museum of American Art, ISP; Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center in Bellagio (Italy); (Latino Studies) American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. His book, Lynching in the West: 1850-1935 was published by Duke University Press in 2006. Gonzales-Day is a Professor at Scripps College.

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