Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar At The National Portrait Gallery

Ken Gonzales-Day
Ken Gonzales-Day, Untitled (Henry Weekes, Bust of an African Woman [based on a photographic image of Mary Seacole]; and Jean-Baptiste Picalle, Bust of Mm. Adélaïde Julie Mirleau de Neuville, née Garnier d’Isle. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), 2008, archival ink on rag paper, 32 x 61 in / 81.2 x 155 cm, edition of 5.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles has announced “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

As the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery marks its 50th anniversary, it will not only honor the past with special exhibitions but also shape the museum’s next chapter. The first contemporary exhibition of the museum’s anniversary season, “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar” examines how people of color are missing in historical portraiture, and how their contributions to the nation’s past were rendered equally invisible. Focused around two contemporary artists, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, the exhibition brings to the forefront African Americans, Native Americans and Latino Americans to amend America’s historical narrative. Reworking traditional art presentations, Gonzales-Day and Kaphar aim to expose mainstream cultural biases and social constructions of race.

“The history of early American portraiture favored white men who owned land, and it defined American identity in ways that excluded women and people of color from our nation’s visual record,” said National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet. “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light” presents the perspectives of two leading contemporary artists who create powerful works of art that reframe history.”

This exhibition continues the National Portrait Gallery’s Portraiture Now series and is curated by the museum’s Curator of Latino Art and History Taína Caragol and Curator of Prints, Drawing and Media Arts Asma Naeem.

Exhibition Dates: March 23, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Image courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

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