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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



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

Ken Gonzales-Day, 2007

ink-jet print
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.12.1
© 2007, Ken Gonzales-Day

impresión por chorro de tinta
Smithsonian American Art Museum, adquisición del Museo a través de Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.12.1
© 2007, Ken Gonzales-Day


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.
Mediante una investigación meticulosa Gonzales-Day documentó aproximadamente 350 linchamientos ocurridos en California entre 1850 y 1935, cuyas víctimas eran, en su mayoría, de origen mexicano. Para crear la serie Searching for California Hang Trees, el artista visitó muchos de estos lugares y captó la imagen de árboles que tal vez habían sido testigos de estos sucesos. Los paisajes de Gonzalez-Day revelan huellas de esta historia poco conocida.






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