Harry Gamboa Jr.

Harry Gamboa Jr. is an artist, writer, and educator.

He is the founder and director of Virtual Vérité (2005-2017), the international performance troupe.

He is a co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), the Los Angeles-based performance group.

He is a faculty member of the Photo/Media Program at California Institute of the Arts.

He is a lecturer with the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Photo:  ©2019, Barbara Carrasco

 

Current Exhibitions:

Recent Acquisitions
November 16, 2018 – November 3, 2019
National Portrait Gallery
Washington D.C

Art_Latin_America
February 7 – Jun 9, 2019
Davis Museum at Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975
March 15 – August 18, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington D.C.

Upcoming Radio Programs:

DISQUIET SMOG — a murmuring rumbling echoing Los Angeles soundscape —
New York
Sunday
March 31, 2019
11:00 a.m. (EDT)
streaming
radio.montezpress.com

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Montez Press Radio Interview with Harry Gamboa Jr.
Los Angeles – L.A. Art Book Fair
Thursday
April 11,2019
7-8pm (PST)
streaming
radio.montezpress.com

His work has been exhibited by museums + galleries + art spaces nationally/internationally :

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art UNLV, Las Vegas (2019); Vincent Price Art Museum ELAC, Monterey Park (2019); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gill, Mexico City(2018, 1978); Autry Museum of the American West (2018); Foto Forum Santa Fe (2018); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile(2018); Marlborough Contemporary, New York (2017); MOCA Pacific Design Center (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016, 2015 and 1995 Biennial); Utah Museum of Fine Arts (2015); Princeton University Art Museum (2015); Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporain Bordeaux, France (2014); De Appel, Amsterdam (2014); Triangle France, Marseille, France (2014); Smart Museum of Art, Chicago (2014); Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria (2013); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England (2013); Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2013); Le Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France (2013, 2017); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (UNAM), Mexico City (2013); Tate Liverpool, Liverpook, England (2013); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York (2013); UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Rim Film Archive (2012); Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2011, 1981); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011, 2010); Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (2009); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (2011); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England (2009); Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011, 2008, 2001); Fowler Museum, UC Los Angeles (2011); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2008); Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles (2008); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2008, 2010); The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2008); Museo José Luis Cuevas, Mexico City (2006); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2006); Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City (2005); International Center of Photography, New York (2003); MIT List Visual Arts Center (2000); Queens Museum of Art (1999); Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (1997); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1994); Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1994); LAX/CSU Los Angeles (1994); Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (1981); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1979); Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (1978); Museo Alvar y Carmen T. Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (1978); Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (1977).

He has received numerous awards from institutions including the Rockefeller Foundation (2004), the Durfee Foundation Artist Award (2001), the Flintridge Foundation Visual Artist Award (2000), the Gluck Foundation (1998–1999), the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts (1990), the California Arts Council (1996), Art Matters, Inc. (1996), and National Endowment for the Arts (1987 and 1980).

Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor, First District presented Harry Gamboa Jr. with a County of Los Angeles Commendation, August 1, 2017

In recognition of dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions for the benefit of all citizens of Los Angeles County.

Harry Gamboa Jr., See What You Mean, 2016/17 Getty Artist Program invitee, The J.Paul Getty Museum

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See What You Mean – Fotonovelas

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Exploring Commonism A New Aesthetics of the Real 

Edited with text by  Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen

There is a new ideology in the making: “commonism,” which focuses on the reciprocating movements of the commons (i.e., the cultural and natural resources accessible to and held by all members of a society). After half a century of neoliberalism, leftist thinkers are increasingly excited about the possibilities of holding and sharing resources in common. But how are the commons constituted in society? How do they shape the reality of our living together? Exploring Commonism attempts to map these new ideas in reflections from acclaimed artists, architects, collectives, activists and theorists such as:

Walter van Andel, Michel Bauwens, Giuliana Ciancio, Futurefarmers, Lara Garcia, Harry Gamboa Jr., Liam Gillick, Eric Kluitenberg, Rudi Laermans, The Land Foundation, Sonja Lavaert, Peter Linebaugh, Matteo Lucchetti, Pat McCarthy, Antonio Negri, Hanka Otte, Recetas Urbanas, Jörn Schafaff, Stavros Stavrides, Evi Swinnen, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Maria Francesca De Tullio, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Louis Volont and Judith Wielander.

Pbk. 5.25 x 8.25 in.
448 pgs
40 b&w.
U.S. $27.50
ISBN 9789492095473
http://www.artbook.com/9789492095473.html
also
https://www.valiz.nl/

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Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories by Harry Gamboa Jr.

Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories by Harry Gamboa Jr. explores the stratospheric and subterranean aspects of perception via fiction regarding 21st Century urban life. Encounters with riots, fluctuating landscapes, and unidentified phantoms that roam the streets of México City, Berlin, and Los Angeles are revealed as dreamscapes. Stark humor confronts surreal moments where Aztec realms play with contemporary Chicano reflections.   Xoloitzcuintli Doppelganger and other stories serve as a literary afterimage that will persist long after reading the last page.

8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
104 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1724629906
ISBN-10: 1724629905
BISAC: Fiction / Urban Life 2018

$18.00
https://www.amazon.com/Xoloitzcuintli-Doppleganger-other-stories-Gamboa/dp/1724629905?keywords=harry+gamboa+jr.&qid=1534791182&sr=8-2&ref=mp_s_a_1_2

 

2010 Latino Heritage Month was inaugurated in a ceremony attended by a wide spectrum of supporters in Council Chambers at the famed Los Angeles City Hall, where Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa presented the Latino Heritage Awards: Spirit of Los AngelesWillie Herrón IIIPatssi Valdez, and Harry Gamboa Jr. accepted the award on behalf of Asco), Dream of Los Angeles Tony Plana, Hope of Los Angeles Plácido Domingo.

He has taught, lectured, and delivered artist talks at various universities and art institutions, including: University of Houston, California State University, NorthridgeUniversity of California, Los AngelesUniversity of California, Riverside,University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of California, San DiegoOtis/Parsons, and Maine College of Art. He has delivered artist talks at: Smithsonian American Art MuseumHarvard UniversityUC BerkeleyStanford UniversityDartmouth CollegeCornell UniversityScripps CollegeClaremont Graduate University; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; University of Utah, Salt Lake CityCentro Cultural de España, Mexico City; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City.

In Spring 2018, From ‘No Movie’ to ‘Fake Buzzers’ and The Sixth Expanse, Harry Gamboa Jr. in conversation with Hugo Hopping [7], SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.

In Fall 2017, he delivered keynote, Summer School #2 MAKING PUBLIC DOMAIN, Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen, organized by by Nico Dockx (Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) and Pascal Gielen (ARIA).

In Fall 2012, Universitair Centrum Sint Ignatius Antwerpen – UCSIA sponsored Gamboa to present, La La Land: Deflections and Recollections, an artist talk at Universiteit Antwerpen. He also worked with students and faculty of Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) along with Belgian artists Ria Pacquée and Nico Dockx to produce “actions” in Antwerpen and Brugge.

In 2019, he served as a juror for The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2019, Smithsonian National Portrait gallery.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

His photographs are in the permanent collect of Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

His photographs are in the permanent collect of Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Davis Museum at Wellesly College, Wellesley, MA.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY.

His photographs are in the permanent collection of Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles

His lithographs are in the permanent collection of Grunwald Center for the Graphic ArtsUniversity of California, Los Angeles.

His oral history is included in Smithsonian Archives of American Art (1999).

His oral history is also included in Alternative Projections, Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980, a project of Los Angeles Filmforum (2011).

A permanent collection of his media works/papers has been established and archived at Green Library, Stanford University. He is the author of several books:

  • Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories by Harry Gamboa Jr. [11]
  • Exploring Commonism A New Aesthetics of the Real Edited with text by Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen [12]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; The Sixth Expanse ; c2018. [13]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Aztlángst 2 ; c2015. [14]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Vie 21, Photo Journal 1 ; c2014. [15]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Worker Ant (1) ; c2013. [16]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Aztlángst: La La Fotonovela (Volume 1); c2011. [17]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Pix; c2011. [18]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; Fallen; c2010. [19]
  • Gambhoa, Harry Jr.; Rider; c2009. [20]
  • Gamboa, Harry Jr.; edited by Chon A. Noriega. Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, c1998. [21]

His video and film work is available:

His works are featured in numerous museum catalogues including:

His work is featured in numerous books including:

His work has been internationally featured in various publications:

 

See What You Mean – J. Paul Getty Museum

Hopscotch with performers and community members, Harry Gamboa Jr.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Photo: Rafael Hernandez

SEE WHAT YOU MEAN
An Evening of Insurrections with Harry Gamboa Jr.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/see_what_you_mean.html

Saturday
October 29, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Getty Art Program
http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/courses/getty_artists_program_index.html

Fotonovelas by Harry Gamboa Jr.
As part of the See What You Mean project, artist Harry Gamboa Jr. worked with over 40 young adults and college students from across Los Angeles during his yearlong Getty Arists Program (GAP) residency. Casting student performers, seasoned professionals, and five notable paintings from the Museum’s collection as characters in surreal visual melodramas, Gamboa created a series of twelve playful and provocative fotonovelas – or photo-stories. Gamboa’s fotonovelas, a medium he has worked in for many years, are inspired by his childhood fascination with comic books and the rich tradition of graphic and photographic adaptations of popular stories and films that gained popularity in Latino and Chicano communities during the 1950s.

The See What You Mean fotonovela series can be viewed and are available for free download:
http://www.getty.edu/education/adult_learners/getty_artists_program/gamboa/index.html

Harry Gamboa Jr. in conversation with artists Guadalupe Rosales and Ramiro Gomez.
Moderated by Chon A. Noriega.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Photo: Jason Roberts Dobrin

A Large, Unruly Game of Hopscotch
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Inspired by Gamboa’s writings and the icon surrealist novel Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, a whimsically expanded take on the schoolyard pastime is mapped out on the museum courtyard.

Photo:  Barbara Carrasco

Hopscotch with Harry Gamboa Jr. at J. Paul Getty Museum
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/gettymuseum/videos/10155744483370097/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/GettyMuseum/status/924466326935969793

Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/BafIk1-AvGD/

The Pictaram Club
http://www.thepictaram.club/p/harrygamboajr

Photogram
http://photagram.org/tag/harrygamboajr

Notey
http://www.notey.com/@artforum_unofficial/external/18180970/500-words-harry-gamboa-jr.html

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Hopscotch Photos
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Performers
Jasmine Alvarez
Donna Brown
Sofia Canales
Jessica Castillo

Daniel Centofanti
Duke Choi
Samantha Cline
Xavier Cázares Cortéz
Johanna Deeb
Nico Dockx
Charles Donkor

Kate deLigne
Danny Escalante

Anais Franco
Barbie Gamboa
Juan Carlos Garza

Meghan Gavin
Jeremy Gleaves

Angelo Gomez
Stephanie R. Guerrero
Tania Hong
Denae Howard
Carolina Maki Kitagawa
Adam Lutz
Ruben Mendoza

Gerard Meraz
Scott Oshima
Noemí Mímí Padilla
Gretta Perez

Clifford Pun
Benjamin Quiñones
Vincent Ramos
Alma Rodriguez
Alyssa Rodriguez
Isabel Salazar

Ivan Salinas
Laura Schawelka
Marisa Sempelsz
Francesco X. Siqueiros

Kristine Tomaro
Jazmin Urrea
Luis A. Vega

Christopher Velasco
Henry Williams
Stefan Wouters

Sicong Xie
Isaac Michael Ybarra
Reggie Yip
Erin Zadrozny

Roya Ziba
and
Community members

Panelists
Chon A. Noriega
Guadalupe Rosales
Ramiro Gomez

Artists
Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara
Willie Herrón
Self Help Graphics
Chulita Vinyl Club
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
Jazmin Urrea
Lydia Choi

Hee Jin Byun “Jenny
Morgan Camper
Eloy Neira
Diana Texieira
Tyler Lumm
Louis Coy

Musical Interludes
Estanislao Maqueos
Banda Filarmónica Maqueos 

Additional Photography
Rafael Hernandez
Barbara Carrasco
Jason Roberts Dobrin
Margaux Herron

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J. Paul Getty Museum
Timothy Potts, Director 

Getty Artist Program GAP
Cathy Carpenter
Valerie Tate
Catherine Bell
Diana Bonilla
Lyra Kilston
Sarah Cooper
Daniela Alvarez
Adrienne Luce
Amelia Wong
Laurel Kishi
Lisa Clements

Tony Matos
Mike Giordano
Kathie Hann
Steve Gemmel
Aviana Wooton
Tiffany Johnson
Erik Bertellotti

Merritt Price

Getty Support:
Chelsea Hogan
Jennelyn Tumalad
Terrie Lin
Getty Audio Visual Department

 

Blooming In Concrete
Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Starters/Finishers
Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Blooming In Concrete
(Silent)
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Sunless Under The Sun
(Silent)
Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Starters/Finishers
(Silent)

Video
©2017
Harry Gamboa Jr.
and
J. Paul Getty Trust

Willie Herrón and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Photo: Margaux Herron

¿Cuándo fue la última vez que jugaste a la rayuela?
La Opinión
27 Octubre 17
https://laopinion.com/2017/10/27/buenosdiasla-cuando-fue-la-ultima-vez-que-jugaste-a-la-rayuela/

 

 

 

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years – Marlborough Contemporary

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years – Marlborough Contemporary

September 7 – October 7, 2017

Viewing Room
Marlborough Contemporary
545 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001
+1 (212) 463 8634
http://www.marlboroughcontemporary.com/exhibitions/viewing-room-harry-gamboa-jr

Gallery Walk-Thru
Saturday
September 30, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Attendees

Brenda Zamora

Leo Fitzpatrick, Director, and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Photo:  C. Ondine Chavoya, Ph.D.

In 1972, I co-founded Asco (Spanish for nausea), an East Los Angeles-based artist collective that included core members: Willie Herrón, Gronk, Patssi Valdez, and oftentimes, Humberto Sandoval. Asco emerged from the intense politics of the 1960’s Chicano Movement but also from the hybridity of 20th Century angst/determination that would propel all American youth to question cultural norms, the Vietnam War, and modern to post-modern media influences.

The Asco artists grew up in 1950s-1970s Los Angeles under a shroud of fallout-laden smog that tinted the urbanscape so that mass-media negative stereotypes would stand out in flagrant false relief against the reality of thriving cultures, which were moving quickly towards a vibrant amalgam of languages, customs, and visions. Decoy Gang War Victim employed various cinematic techniques to create an image that would reverberate and crossover into mainstream media consciousness by being presented on local television as having been the actual documentation of the last gang member to be killed in an absurd fait accompli that would contradict the propaganda campaign of major newspapers, which were promoting gang warfare. First Supper (After A Major Riot) was staged and photographed in the exact location where a major police riot had taken place and peaceful protesters who were mourning the assassination of acclaimed English/Spanish language journalist Ruben Salazar were brutally attacked. The site had been under strict condemnation by the authorities, but Asco declared it to be a place of celebration and a feast for the eyes.

The use of our 1970s youthful bodies to create art was in absolute opposition to what was expected of us by a society that often employed harsh methods of oppression, poor educational systems, synchronized narratives that often-portrayed Chicana/o youth in a dismal light despite the long history of active engagement in generating scholarship, impressive creative works, and with full-fledged heroic defense of the United States during time of war and other historical situations. To become self-defined and visually assertive in photographic form depicted a new version that would require complex interpretations. X’s Party and Instant Mural consists of private/public encounters that push the boundaries of persistence and erasure. The absurdity of self-denial is made manifest in A La Mode.

Asco engaged in numerous actions and produced many works during its existence (1972-1985) while being excluded from exhibitions and discourse of official contemporary art canon. In 2011, Los Angeles County Museum of Art presented Asco: Elite of the Obscure, a major retrospective, that served to introduce Asco to an eclectic national and international audience.

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years is presented here for a 21st Century viewership that has so much to consider and to reflect upon while taking a closer look at what was and what is currently taking place in our world.

— Harry Gamboa Jr., Los Angeles, September 2, 2017

Harry Gamboa Jr. – The Asco Years
Flashart
October 3, 2017
https://www.flashartonline.com/2017/10/harry-gamboa-jr-marlborough-contemporary-newyork

The Glam Politics of a Chicano Collective from East L.A.
The New Yorker
September 16, 2017
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/theglam-politics-of-a-chicano-collective-from-east-la

The ASCO Years’ by Harry Gamboa Jr. at Marlborough Contemporary
BLOUIN ARTINFO
September 17, 2017
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2528595/diverting-the-mainstream-the-asco-years-by-harry-gamboa-jr-at

Art Out: Harry Gamboa Jr. – The ASCO Years
Musée
http://museemagazine.com/culture/2017/9/8/art-out-harry-gamboa-jr-the-asco-years
September 8, 2017

 

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

Thin Line

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©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

l-r:
Jo Caimo
Minja Gu
Stefan Wouters

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Thin Line (Draw)
©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

l-r:
Minja Gu
Saori Kuno
Stefan Wouters

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Thin Line (Erase)
©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

l-r:
Dave Nuyts
Saori Kuno
Stefan Wouters
Nico Dockx
Isabel Tesfazghi

Virtual Vérité

Antwerpen

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

Live Artists Live

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Performance Art and the Archive
http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/live-artists-live-performance-art-and-the-archive/

Friday
January 29, 2016

USC Visions & Voices
The Arts and Humanities Initiative

USC Roski
School of Art and Design

 

l-r:
Erin Silver
Harry Gamboa Jr.
©2016, Barbara Carrasco

l-r:
Ron Athey
Amelia Jones
©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

l-r:
Ruben Mendoza
Nicole Scalissi
Harry Gamboa Jr.
©2016, Barbara Carrasco

l-r:
Nao Bustamante
Ron Athey
Dominic Johnson
Jennifer Doyle
Cassils
©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

l-r:
Karen Rapp
Nicole Scalissi
Barbara Carrasco
©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

l-r:
Cassils
Harry Gamboa Jr.
©2016, Harry Gamboa Jr.

 

University of Southern California
Los Angeles

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com