LA Artist Brings ‘Profiled’ Series To W&L

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THIS PHOTO by Ken Gonzales-Day features the bust of an African woman by Henry Weeks, marble, 1859, from the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the bust of Mm. Adélaïde Julie Mirleau de Newville, née Garnier d’Isle by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, marble, 1750s, also courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Washington and Lee’s Staniar Gallery presents “Profiled,” a series of photographs by Ken Gonzales-Day. The exhibit opened on April 26, and the works will be on display through May 28, with a virtual artist talk on May 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Staniar Gallery is open to W&L community members only via swipe card access to Wilson Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The exhibit can be accessed remotely through a virtual gallery tour, and the talk with Gonzales-Day will be held over Zoom. Links to both will be posted to the gallery’s website at

In his “Profiled” project, artist and art historian Gonzales-Day has mined the collections of established museums such as J. Paul Getty and the Smithsonian, among others, photographing portrait busts exploring Western assumptions about beauty and human value through the material legacies of slavery, colonialism and white privilege.

Gonzales-Day is an internationally known artist based in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of art at Scripps College. His conceptual, research-based practice focuses on historically constructed systems of race and the limits of representational systems.

For more information, call 458-8861.

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