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A PAC PRIZE BOOK (Los Angeles: LACMA, 2011)

In this artist's book, Gonzales-Day looks to the depiction of race and the construction of whiteness as points of departure from which to consider the evolution and transformation of Enlightenment ideas about freedom, class, and even progress as reflected in the depiction of the human form and the portrait bust in particular. Profiled begins after these dated ideologies and their aesthetic manifestations have run their course, but the project is as much about the present as it is the past. Cast, carved, burned, and broken, these are the shadows of people that once lived in this world, or in the imaginations of their makers; they are subtle reminders of the kinds of philosophical, legal, and scientific claims that once depended upon appearance alone. This project seeks to integrate these motionless—yet multivalent--forms into the complex history of racial formation. Encompassing everything from memorials of emperors and kings to gods and goddesses, Orientalist follies, and racial typologies—together they provide a new perspective on what it means to be profiled in our own time. The book includes a short essay by the artist and over a hundred lush color reproductions. A special collector's edition is also available. Click below to order from LACMA. $50.00 ORDER BOOK

For images visit the project page. To see the full Press Release click here.



A John Hope Franklin Book (Durham: Duke, 2006)

There have been many books published on lynching in the United States but only a handful include more than a cursory glance to the Western region of the nation. When they do, the information is usually out of date or inaccurate. Lynching in the West began as an effort to expand the historical record in California, and in doing so, discovered that contrary to the vast majority of published texts and histories that frontier justice and vigilantism were not always a racially neutral set of practices.

The book includes a detailed appendix of over 350 cases of Lynching, assembled by the author, as well as chapters adressing the NAACP, legal execution, racial formation, physiognomy, and the lynching photograph, along with 16 color pages, and photography by the artist/author. The appended case lists reveals that in California, while many persons of white, European, Asian, African, and Native American discent were lynched, that Latinos of Mexican (and Latin American) were more likely to be lynched than any other racial, ethnic or national group.

The essays and structure of the book serves as a catalyst for thinking about racial violence and national identity today. $24.95 ORDER BOOK

To see images from the Searching for California Hang Trees or Erased Lynching series visit the Hang Tree or Erased Lynching pages. For articles and reviews visit the press pages.


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