Harry Gamboa Jr. – Biography

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 Co-Director 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.

 

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Harry Gamboa Jr.

Photo:  ©2019, Barbara Carrasco

 

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

Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2020); Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.(2019); Tirafkan Cultural Foundation, Tehran (2019); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2019); Davis Museum at Wellesley College (2019); 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.

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, Northridge;  University of California, Los Angeles;  University of California, Riverside; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Santa Barbara;  University of California, San Diego;  Otis/Parsons;  and Maine College of Art;

He has delivered artist talks at: Temple University; Minneapolis Institute of Art; 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 Plain Sight, conceived by Cassils and rafa esparza, is a coalition of 80 artists fighting migrant detention and the culture of incarceration. The performance occurred July 3, 2020 appeared in the sky above Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility & Detention Center, Bakersfield, California.

NO ICE NO ICE NO ICE
https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPTuLfFcd6/?igshid=ua5ji76lpcq8

He served as a juror for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Outwin Boochever Competition 2019
https://www.youtube.com/embed/7ym3airwGq8

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.

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STRIKING DISTANCE
, 2020
https://www.amazon.com/Striking-Distance-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/B08DPV5RR7

See:
STRIKING DISTANCE
Autry Museum of the American West
https://theautry.org/research/blog/striking-distance

 

He is the author of several e-books:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flower of the Dead, 2020
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088NYXCVK/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Perfectly ferocious, and contagiously un-masked, Harry Gamboa Jr. does in FLOWER OF THE DEAD what he always does best as an artist and a poet: Rage rage against the dying of the light!

 –– Rex Weiner
            June 20, 2020

 

  • Rider, 2020 [9]
  • Lost Loops of Los (a meltdown in twelve steps), 2020 [10]
  • Dissolved in Ethernet, Selected Writings (2005-2007), 2020 [11]
  • Fallen, 2020 [12]
  • Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and other stories, 2020 [13]

 

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:

 

Radio Interview:

Paul Pescador interview with Harry Gamboa Jr.
KCHUNG Radio
September 22, 2019
http://archive.kchungradio.org/2019-09-22/9am-09.22.2019.mp3 

 

Fotonovelas:

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

also

See What You Mean – Fotonovelas

 

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:

 

Axis Mundo – MOCA Pacific Design Center

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.  

MOCA Pacific Design Center  

2017

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.  Catalogue
https://mocastore.org/collections/featured/products/axis-mundo-queer-networks-in-chicano-l-a-catalogue   

 

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is organized by David Evans Frantz, Curator at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o studies at Williams College, in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Teddy Sandoval, 1978
with his work at LACE
©1978, Harry Gamboa Jr.

Roberto Gil de Montes, 1978
with his work at LACE
©1978, Harry Gamboa Jr.

 

Queer Chicano Art Is as Timeless As It Is Vital
VICE
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8x8nxz/queer-chicano-art-is-as-timeless-as-it-is-vital

 

 

 

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Aztlangst 2

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Aztlángst 2
A fotonovela written/photographed/designed by Harry Gamboa Jr.
Performed by Virtual Vérité.
Aztlangst 2 satirizes contemporary capitalism, surveillance, and popular culture.
Definition:
Aztlángst, a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition and/or the state of Aztlán in general…
Since 1972, Harry Gamboa Jr. has been actively creating works in various media that documents and interprets the contemporary urban Chicano experience.
He co-founded Asco (Spanish for nausea) 1972-1987, the East L.A. conceptual-performance art group.
He founded Virtual Vérité, 2005-2017, an ensemble performance troupe that is engaged to realize photo/media projects, fotonovelas, audio plays, and ephemeral actions in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Antwerpen, Paris, Berlin, and other world-class cities.
His work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the United States, México, England, and France.
He is a faculty member of the Photo/Media Program at California Institute of the Arts.
Aztlángst 2 is available in US, UK, EU, México, Brazil, and Japan.

Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool

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Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool

l-r:
Darren Pih (Curator,  Glam!, Tate Liverpool), and Harry Gamboa Jr. at exhibition reception, Tate Liverpool.

February 7, 2013

Liverpool, England UK

Glam!  The Performance of Style

Tate Liverpool, England
February 8 – May 12, 2013

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
June 13 – September 22, 2013

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
October 18, 2013 – February 2, 2014

Glam! The Performance of Style at Tate Liverpool:
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/glam-performance-style/glam-performance-style-room-guide/glam-3

Catalogue available:
Glam! The Performance of Style
Darren Pih
Tate Publishing
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1849760926/ref=asc_df_184976092611846929?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=1849760926

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Civillains, A Fotonovela

Civillains, A Fotonovela

Artist’s Project:
Harry Gamboa Jr.
http://x-traonline.org/issues/volume-14/number-4/harry-gamboa-jr

Civillains, A Fotonovela
Introduction by Chon A. Noriega

X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly
Summer 2012
Volume 14 Number 4

Performers:
Rogelio Acevedo
Xavier Cázares Cortéz
Gala Porras-Kim
Ricky Ostendi
Nancy Govea
Vilma Villela

Observer:
Ruben Mendoza

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Urban Exile

Urban Exile

Shadow Solo, a play by Harry Gamboa Jr., performed by Daniel Villarreal (Shadow) and Sean Carrillo (Solo), UC Santa Cruz, 1983.

The entire text of Shadow Solo, as well as other plays, fiction, essays, and poems are featured in Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr.

No story of Chicano art and politics is complete without Harry Gamboa Jr. and Asco. Each has played a central role in refiguring U.S. conceptual and performance art since the early 1970s. And both are wickedly funny and savvy—always filled with surprises, always in-your-face, never predictable. Urban Exile makes available for the first time the full range of Gamboa’s brilliant and biting oeuvre.
— Bryan Wolf, Professor of American Studies, Yale University

Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr.
Harry Gamboa Jr.
ed., Chon Noriega
University of Minnesota Press
1998

Available:
http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/urban-exile

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