Conceptual artist Ken Gonzales-Day was interviewed from his studio in Los Angeles, California, on July 31, 2020 by Josh T. Franco for the Archives’ Pandemic Oral History Project.
As a professor of photography, art theory, and humanities at Scripps College and a practicing artist, Gonzales-Day shares the challenges of teaching from home and accessing his studio during quarantine. Research is an important part of his practice which examines the historical construction of race, specifically the history of lynching in California. He also shares how pandemic related social distancing has impacted his current series of portraits.
The Pandemic Oral History Project gives voice to the arts community during one of the most turbulent periods in modern history and creates a permanent record of this extraordinary moment. This series of 85 interviews of American artists and art world figures living and working through the events of 2020 is now available on the Archives’ website and YouTube channel. To watch the full interview with Ken Gonzales-Day today, visit: s.si.edu/Gonzales-Day_POH
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