Chicano Male Unbonded

Harry Gamboa Jr. photographing Roy Martinez, Artist, for Chicano Male Unbonded series.
Los Angeles, 2016
©2016, Denae Howard

 

Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded
https://theautry.org/exhibitions/harry-gamboa-jr-chicano-male-unbonded

Opens September 16, 2017

Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

Map and Directions:
Museum Hours
Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

also

LA/LA/LA
http://www.robertbermangallery.com/exhibitions/la-la-la?view=slider#11
Robert Berman Gallery
September 9 – October 14, 2017
At Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite B7
Santa Monica, California 90404

P: 310.315.1937
F: 310.315.9688
E: info@robertbermangallery.com
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm

Harry Gamboa Jr. – Chicano Male Unbonded Photography Series
Excerpt from essay COLA 96 97 98 exhibition catalogue (pg. 26)
written by
Robert Byer

Gamboa’s work has continued in this “social surrealist” vein, driven by a need to distort and magnify the absurdity, chaos, and violence of contemporary urban experience.  As in Gamboa’s other work, the Chicano Male Unbonded series rhetorically exaggerates and mocks stereotypical perceptions of ethnic identity as a response to his awareness of the complexities of negotiating and affirming it.  The strategy of the photographs is simultaneously to acknowledge and counteract the image of the Chicano male as signifier of urban danger and criminality, as menacing Other.  Gamboa poses and photographs his subjects in a way that seems to confirm or heighten such stereotypical connotations.  A sense of dangerous confrontation is evoked by a series of theatrical devices:  the men stand alone in deserted, dimly lit outdoor urban settings at night; with arms crossed or in their pockets, they look directly and unsmilingly into the camera; a low camera angle endows them with a presence that looms menacingly over us.  These characters of the urban setting and of self-presentation guide the viewer to reductively read them as signifiers of the character of the photo graphed subjects, as identifying marks of Chicano maleness.  This reading is subverted by the titles and captioned biographies of the photographed subjects, who are identified as academics, artists, actors, lawyers and other professionals, pillars of the community not the potential muggers they at first appear to be.  Another look discloses quite ordinary dress and unremarkable physiognomies.  The idea of “the Chicano male” is displaced finally by a series of individuals who do not exhibit any obvious visible qualities which connects or defines them as “Chicano,” a quality contained by rather than containing them.  His subjects, then, are “unbonded” both in our initial sense of them being not yet bonded (that is, criminally dangerously, on the loose, beyond the control of the authorities), and in our final sense of their being freed from such “bonded” images and from the bonding performed by such images.

©1998, 
City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department

 

Selected works from Chicano Male Unbonded series are in the permanent collection of the following institutions:

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Washington, D.C.

Autry Museum of the American West
Los Angeles, California

 

Video

Harry Gamboa Jr.’s ‘Chicano Male Unbonded’ Highlights Diversity Of Chicano Male Identity
Artbound
KCET
September 15, 2017
https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/harry-gamboa-jrs-chicano-male-unbonded-highlights-diversity-of-chicano-male-identity

 

Suggested Reading

East L.A. Punk Pioneer Gerardo Velasquez Lives On In a Chinatown Gallery Show
Liz Ohanesian
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2017
http://www.laweekly.com/arts/how-gay-east-la-punk-pioneer-gerardo-velasquez-translated-his-aesthetic-into-art-8758030

Harry Gamboa Jr. at Autry Museum
Anna Garner
Contemporary Art Review
October 6, 2017
http://contemporaryartreview.la/harry-gamboa-jr-at-autry-museum-of-the-american-west/

Harry Gamboa Jr.
Travis Diehl
Artforum
September 12, 2017
https://www.artforum.com/words/#entry71024

Chicano Males Stare Down Stereotypes
Brian de los Santos
NPR
April 25, 2013
http://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2013/04/25/178668030/chicano-males-stare-down-stereotypes

The Artists Take Over

Katie Schaufelberger
Los Angeles Downtown News
November 5, 2010
http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2010/11/05/entertainment/doc4cd47f04b3103706462176.txt

This side of paradise
Jana J. Monji
Pasadena Weekly
July 3, 2008
http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/this_side_of_paradise/6140

‘This Side of Paradise’ at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Christopher Knight
Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Page E1
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-paradise18-2008jun18,0,7824256.story

Technological Rituals: 
Stories From The Annenberg Dialogues n.1 and n.2

Rosanna Albertini
Annenberg Center for Communication 
University of Southern California 
Los Angeles, California 
1999

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Robert Byer
COLA 96/97/98 
exhibition catalogue (
pgs. 26 & 27)
Municipal Art Gallery
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department 
Los Angeles, 1998

A “COLA” That Refreshes 

Christopher Knight
Los Angeles Times
Calendar (pgs. 1 & 8)
May 27, 1998

http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-27/entertainment/ca-62803_1_municipal-art-gallery/2

Resolutions:  Contemporary Video Practices
Edited by Michael Renov, Erika Suderburg
University Of Minnesota Press
1995

The Magic Of Photography: 
Ideas Images Take Shape At Fotofest 94 

Johnson, Patricia C.
The Houston Chronicle 
Houston, Texas
November 14, 1994

Losing Focus?
Houston Press
December 1, 1994

http://www.houstonpress.com/1994-12-01/culture/losing-focus

Contemporary Identities:  1993 Phoenix Triennial:  23 Artists
Bruce D. Kurtz, Karen C. Hodges
Phoenix Art Museum
1993

Exhibiting Tolerance 

The Arizona Republic 
(pg. E1)
Phoenix, Arizona
August 22,1993


Images Capture Human Drama
David Steinberg
Albuquerque Journal 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
February 28, 1992

Curriculum Viva: 
An Art Of Persona By Latinos Of Los Angeles
Margaret Lazzari
Visions 
Vol.6, No. 2
Los Angeles, California
Spring, 1992

Iluminado Fronteras
Kurt Hollander
Poliester 
Numero 1
Mexico D.F., Mexico
Primavera, 1992


Report From Los Angeles: 
Community Access
Kurt Hollander
Art In America 
(Vol. 80, No. 6
pgs. 57-61)
New York, New York
June, 1992


Iluminado: 
Insight From Inside 

Susan Kandel
Los Angeles Times
Calendar section 
Los Angeles, California
August 15, 1991

http://articles.latimes.com/1991-08-15/entertainment/ca-574_1_public-art

 

Chicano Male Unbonded has been funded in part by fellowships awarded by the following organizations:

The Rockefeller Foundation/CSULA

2004

The Durfee Foundation

2001

The Flintridge Foundation

2000

California Arts Council

1996

Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department

1996

Art Matters, Inc.

1996

J.P. Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts

1990

 

Special thanks to:

Larry Liang

Bailey Wong


Chon Noriega, Ph.D.
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Eloy Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Cornell University

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

Daniel Centofanti

 

Individuals included in the series:

Father Richard Estrada, Priest, Church of the Ephphany (Episciopal Church), 2017
from Chicano Male Unbonded series
©2017, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

2017
Father Richard Estrada, Priest, Church of the Ephphany (Episciopal Church)
Daniel Hernandez, Journalist
Esteban Perez, Artist
Hugo Hopping, Artist
Angelo Gomez, Artist
Eduardo Robles, Mescalero
Daniel Quinonez, Brewer/Theorist

2016
Raul Baltazar, Artist
Roy Martinez, Artist

2013
Abel Baker Gutierrez, Artist
Benjamin Quiñones, Writer
Andres Garza, Film Director
Pete Galindo, Producer

2012
Orlando Tirado, Writer

2011
Louie Pérez, Musician (Los Lobos)
Rupert Garcia, Artist
Vance Valencia, 
Actor 


Arnulfo Reyes, 
Photographer
Gabriel Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Historian
, CSU Northridge

Juan Renteria
, Photographer
Jose Lopez, Light Artist

Gregory Bojorquez, 
Photographer, 2010
from Chicano Male Unbonded
©2010, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

2010
William Moreno
, Impresario
Ricky Garay, 
DJ/Promoter
Armando Duron
, Attorney
Gregory Bojorquez, 
Photographer

2009
Mario Ybarra Jr.
, Artist


2008
James E. Blancarte, 
Attorney

Antonio Vigil
, Artist

Chuy Benitez
, Photographer

Carlos Frésquez
, Artist 

Arnoldo Vargas, 
Photographer

Salomon Huerta, 
Artist


2007
Vincent Ramos
, Artist

Mario T. Garcia, Ph.D.
, Historian
, UC Santa Barbara

Andres Janacua, 
Artist

Daniel Cenedejaz
, Student, 
CSU Northridge

Alejandro Cenedejaz Mendez, 
Student

Gilbert “Magú” Lujan
, Artist
, 2005
from Chicano Male Unbonded
©2005, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

2005
A.P. Gonzalez, 
Writer/Director (UCLA) 

Abel Correa, 
Student/Community Political Activist, 
UI Urbana-Champaign

Dominique Rodriguez
, Musician
 (Killsonic)

Fidel E. Gomez
, Actor

Leo Limón
, Artist
Raudel de la Riva, 
Artist

Del Zamora, 
Actor

Manuel G. “Oso” Lopéz, 
Witness/Warrior
Luis R. Torres
, Journalist
David Sandoval
, Director
, Educational Opportunity Program
, CSU Los Angeles

Adolfo “Rudy” Vargas
, Media Designer

John Ramirez, Ph.D., 
Chair
Department of Communcation Studies
, CSU Los Angeles

Gilbert “Magú” Lujan
, Artist

Naiche Starhawk Lujan, 
Musician

Juan Pacheco
, Social Documentary Photographer

Julián Segura Camacho
, Author 


2004
Richard Corona, 
Provocateur

Ernesto Chávez, Ph.D.
Historian, 
UT El Paso

Luis J. Rodriguez, 
Author/Activist

Mike Muñoz
, School Counselor

William Franco, Artist

Victor Valle
, Scholar/Journalist


2003
Gabriel Vallejo, 
Filmmaker/Writer

Lionel Maldonado, Ph.D.
, Chair
Chicano/a Studies, 
CSU Los Angeles

Miguel Paredes Jr.
,Writer

Pete Navarro, 
Attorney

Angel Carrillo, 
Community Activist
Eriberto 
Artist
, Westwood 

James T. Rojas
, Urban Analyst
Gerard Meraz, 
DJ/Mix Master

2001
Adam Avila,  
Photographer

George Silva, 
Writer

Francesco X. Siqueiros
, Master Printer/Artist

Joey Terrill, 
Artist

Francisco Martinez, 
Worker

Jose Lopez, 
Light Artist
Marcos Loya, 
Musician

Jose Lopez-Morin, Ph.D., 
Historian
, CSU Dominguez
Bobby Verdugo, 
Counselor

Eugene Rodriguez, 
Artist


Jaime Villaneda, 
Curator, 2000
from Chicano Male Unbonded series
©2000, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

2000
Rodolfo Acuña, Ph.D.
, Historian
, CSU Northridge

Luis Becerra, 
Artist
Charles Canales, 
Contemporary Arts Advocate
Victor Carrillo, 
Poet

Tony Castañeda
, Student, 
CSU Northridge

George Cisneros, 
Artist/Composer
Xavier Cázares Cortéz, 
Artist/Curator

Reuben de Leon, 
Cultural Planner

Mario Flores
, High School Teacher

William Flores, Ph.D.
, Dean
, CSU Northridge

Jorge Garcia, Ph.D.
, Dean
, CSU Northridge

Ramon Garcia, Ph.D.
, Chicano Studies Professor
, CSU Northridge

Ruben Guevara, 
Cultural Activist/Performer
Willie Herrón
, Artist/Musician

Jef Huereque
, Artist/Designer

Robert Diaz Le Roy
, Film Director/Actor

Harry Ortíz Liflan
, Artist 

Joe Medina
, Photographer

Jim Mendiola
, Film Director

Ruben Mendoza
, Author

Sergio Muñoz-Sarmiento
, Artist/Writer

Mario Ontiveros, Ph.D., 
Art Historian

Brandon Perez
, Student, 
CSU Northridge 

B.G. Ramirez
, Graphic Artist
Jeffrey J. Rangel, 
Art Historian

Phillip Rodriguez, 
Film Director

Richard T. Rodriguez, Ph.D
, Chicano Studies Professor
, CSU Los Angeles

Alfred Salas
, Mexican Folkloric Dancer

Marcos Sanchez-Tranquilino
, Alchemist/Researcher

Ray Santisteban
, Film Director

Elias Serna, 
High School Teacher
Esteban Torres
, Commisioner 
(former U.S. Congressman)


Ruben Trejo, 
Artist

Joe Harry Troncoso
, Artist

Luis A. Vega, 
Writer/Performer

Carlos Velez-Ibañez, Ph.D.
Anthropologist

Jaime Villaneda, 
Curator 

Rio Yañez
, Student
, CALARTS

Tomás Ybarra-Frausto
, Associate Director
Arts and Humanities
, The Rockefeller Foundation


Willie Herrón
, Artist/Musician
, 2000
from Chicano Male Unbonded series
©2000, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

1998
Tomas Carrasco
, Actor/Comedian

Abelardo de la Peña, 
Internet Publisher

Octavio Tizóc Diaz-Gaitan
, Student 

Lorenzo Flores III
, Student
, UC Berkeley

Lorenzo Flores Jr., 
Chicano Studies Professor, 
CSU Northridge

Gary Fresquez
, Elementary School Teacher

James Gamboa
, High School Teacher

Ricardo Gonzalves
, Concrete Poet
Genaro Molina
, Photographer
, Los Angeles Times

Chon A. Noriega, Ph.D.
, Film Theorist, 
UC Los Angeles

Roberto Sifuentes Sr.
, Chicano Studies Professor
, CSU Northridge

Raúl Homero Villa, Ph.D.
, Professor, 
Occidental College


1997
Joe Carreño
, Zine Publisher
Harry T. Gamboa
, Printing Supervisor
 (retired)

Otoño Luján
, Artist/Musician

Jason Ordaz
, Musician

Roberto Sifuentes Jr.
, Performance Artist

Jesús “Chuy” Torres, 
Poet/Performer

Daniel Villarreal
, Actor


Juan Garza
, Film Director
, 1996
from Chicano Male Unbonded
©1996, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

1996
C. Ondine Chavoya, Ph.D. 
Art Historian

Juan Garza
, Film Director

José Luis Ruiz
, Executive Producer
, Chicano! 

Roberto Trujillo, Ph.D
, Head
, Special Collections
, Stanford University Libraries


Juan Felipe Herrera, 
Poet, 1995
from Chicano Male Unbonded series
©1995, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

1995
Rudy Guglielmo Jr., 
Arts Administrator

Jack Vargas
, Librarian

Juan Felipe Herrera, 
Poet 


1994
Alfred Arteaga
, Poet
Roberto Bedoya
, Poet

Robert Buitron
, Photographer

George Gamboa, 
Polymer Technical Engineer

Ken Zaragoza
, Student

1993
Henry J. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
, Professor
, CSU San Jose

Willie Varela, 
Film/Video Director
 
1992
Ralph Cordova
, Performance Artist

Richard Montoya
, Actor/Comedian

Jesús Salvador Treviño
, Film/Television Director

Armando Rascón
, Artist/Curator
Rene Yañez, 
Artist/Curator 

Diego Gamboa
, Student
Anthony C. Sandoval
, Performer


Humberto Sandoval, Actor, 1991
from Chicano Male Unbonded
 series
©1991, Harry Gamboa Jr.
11 inches x 14 inches
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of six

1991
David Avalos, 
Artist

Oscar Garza
, Arts Editor, 
Los Angeles Times

Victor Gamboa, 
Elementary School Teacher

Curtis Gutierrez
, Artist
Miguel Juarez,
 Paseño

Eloy Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Phytochemist, 
UC Irvine
Humberto Sandoval
, Actor

John Valadez
, Artist

Zaragosa Vargas, Ph.D.
Historian
, UC Santa Barbara

Gerardo Velázquez
, Synthesized Music Composer

Rick Salazar
, Photographer


http://www.harrygamboajr.com

 

 

 

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