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"At daylight the miserable man was carried to an oak..." from the series Searching for California Hang Trees

2007 Ken Gonzales-Day Born: Santa Clara, California 1964 lightjet print 35 x 45 in. (88.9 x 114.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2007, Ken Gonzales-Day 2012.12.1 Not currently on view

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Through meticulous research, Gonzales-Day documented approximately 350 lynching incidents that occurred in California between 1850 and 1935, most of which involved victims of Mexican descent. To create the series Searching for California Hang Trees, the artist visited many of these sites and captured the likeness of trees that may have borne witness to these events. Gonzales-Day’s landscapes unearth traces of this little-known history.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


Landscape - tree

photography - photoprint