Profiled considers the changing meaning of the human form and its representation. In this conceptually driven photographic project, Gonzales-Day looks to the depiction of race and construction of whiteness as points of departure from which to consider the impact of Enlightenment ideas about freedom, class, gender, and even the location of the soul, on the depiction of the human form, and the portrait bust in particular. As a project, Profiled seems to ask what comes after ideologies and their aesthetic manifestations have run their course but it is as much about the body as its inanimate double. Cast, carved, burned, and broken, these lingering shadows of people that once lived in this world, or in the imaginations of their makers, have become illegible for many contemporary viewers. The project seeks to breath life back into some of these motionless forms, representing everything from memorials to Emperors and kings, to Orientalist follies, as a way of tracking changing ideas about race.
Listen to our guided tour stops here:
STOP 6: Introduction to Ken Gonzales-Day: Profiled Amy Ingrid Schlegel
STOP 7:Tales of Hoffman, Marianne Kinkel, associate professor of art history, Washington State University
STOP 8: "What is in a Profile?" Marianne Kinkel, associate professor of art history, Washington State University
Untitled II (Antico [Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi], Bust of a Young Man and Francis Harwood, Bust of a Man, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), 2010 Lightjet on aluminum; 19 x 48 inches
Ken Gonzales-Day, Untitled (Henry Weeks, Bust of an African Woman [based on a photographic image of Mary Seacole] and Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Bust of Mm. Adéla�de Julie Mirleau de Neuville, née Garnier d'Isle, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), 2011.
PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, September 15, 5:30�8:00 pm
ARTIST'S LECTURE AND RECEPTION
Wednesday, October 12, 4:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Tisch Scholars Program, Tisch College, the Art & Art History Department, and Latin American Studies
CONTEMPORARY ART CIRCLE EVENT, New York, NY
Reception with Ken Gonzales-Day, viewing of concurrent Chelsea gallery exhibition
Friday, October 14, 6:00pm