The Lynching of “Spanish Charlie,” Santa Rosa, CA [Inverted], 2016 Courtesy of Ken Gonzales-Day (artist) and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles


Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands

Every Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Jan. 19-April 16
Time Varies
Art, Museums

Race-motivated lynchings of the early 20th century meet modern-day uprisings against police violence when interdisciplinary artist Ken Gonzales-Day presents “Shadowlands” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Gonzales-Day combines visceral, often jarring images with critical thinking and research on race in America, both historical and current. The exhibition will span Gonzales-Day’s career, featuring works from series such as “Erased Lynchings,” where he deleted lynching victims from historic photographs; “California’s Hang Tree,” a 10-year project in which he searched for trees used in hangings; and “Run Up,” in which he restaged a 1920 lynching of Charles Valento, a Mexican man, in California. The show looks at the ways racist violence played out earlier in our country, and how that violence plays out differently today. His work offers a fresh take on perceptions and power, and the collection is sure to be a thought provoking and riveting experience. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 19.