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

  • Ken Gonzales-Day, "At daylight the miserable man was carried to an oak..." from the series Searching for California Hang Trees, 2007, lightjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the 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.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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Mediante una investigación meticulosa, Gonzales-Day documentó aproximadamente 350 linchamientos ocurridos en California entre 18501935, 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 podrían haber sido testigos de estos sucesos. Los paisajes de Gonzalez-Day revelan huellas de esta historia poco conocida.

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense, 2013

Title
At daylight the miserable man was carried to an oak…” from the series Searching for California Hang Trees
Artist
Date
2007
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3545 in. (88.9114.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
lightjet print
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Landscape – tree
Object Number
2012.12.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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