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.

Unraveling Collective Forms
April 3 – May 26, 2019
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

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

also

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

also

See What You Mean – Fotonovelas

also

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:

 

The Sixth Expanse 2018 – Book

The Sixth Expanse 

by

Harry Gamboa Jr.

THE SIXTH EXPANSE presents 2015-2016 ephemeral actions/encounters by many performers, directed/photographed by Harry Gamboa Jr. during the demolition and erasure of the iconic 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles. The visual elegance of the 6th Street Bridge structure recedes from view during various actions of walking, dancing, laughing, assembling into groups, while the urbanscape is transformed due to absence, loss of memory, and reconfiguration of spatial relationships between being and disappearance. The 6th Street Bridge was a 1930’s construction that was completely destroyed in 2016 to make way for gentrification efforts in the L.A. Arts District and Boyle Heights. This book presents a visual response to 21st Century assaults against historic landmarks and provides a performance art approach to critiquing contemporary real estate ventures vs established communities in urban centers. Harry Gamboa Jr. is an internationally recognized artist. He co-founded Asco (1972-1985) and founded the conceptual troupe Virtual Vérité (2005-2017). His photographs are in the permanent collections: Whitney Museum of American Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He is the author of Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr. (University of Minnesota Press). His works have been featured: The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The New Yorker; Artforum; Art in America; Frieze; Vanity Fair; Flash Art; Los Angeles Times; Le Monde; NPR; and La Opinión. He is a faculty member of the Photo/Media Program at California Institute of the Arts.

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 16, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 152324495X

ISBN-13: 978-1523244959

US
https://www.amazon.com/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X

México
https://www.amazon.com.mx/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517349454&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+harry+gamboa+jr

France
https://www.amazon.fr/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184316&sr=8-1&keywords=THE+SIXTH+EXPANSE+GAMBOA

UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184369&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+gamboa

Germany
https://www.amazon.de/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184411&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse

Japan
https://www.amazon.co.jp/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184449&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+gamba

Italy
https://www.amazon.it/Sixth-Expanse-Harry-Gamboa-Jr/dp/152324495X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517184544&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sixth+expanse+gamboa

 

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com/

Urbanscape of Mirage – Vital Signs – Stanford University

Cassils and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Stanford University
Photo: Georgina Hernandez

Artist Talk  | Harry Gamboa Jr. Presents “Urbanscape of Mirage”

Thursday
October 19, 2017
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Roble Gym  |  75 minutes including Q&A

Imagery of Asco (1972-1985), Virtual Vérité (2005 – 2017), and current performance works will accompany this lecture that focuses on the recent demolition of the iconic Los Angels 6th Street Bridge, the confluence of freeways, and the familiar nondescript locations that often serve as a starting point for anonymous journeys across an ocean of undulating asphalt. The swirling milieu of multiple cultures/languages of Los Angeles are in perpetual collision/melding/erasure as sudden tectonic shifts reset the clock towards countdown to consciousness. The historical relevance of events and places are subject to system loss of memory.


VITAL SIGNS
2017-2018 Guest Performance Artist Series  |  Curated by Cassils
https://taps.stanford.edu/vitalsigns.html

Guest artist series to expose Stanford students to innovative performance art
Stanford News
October 13, 2017
https://news.stanford.edu/2017/10/13/guest-artist-series-expose-stanford-students-innovative-performance-art/

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

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

FEEDBACK – Curated by Leo Fitzpatrick

FEEDBACK
Curated by Leo Fitzpatrick
Marlborough Contemporary
http://www.marlboroughcontemporary.com/exhibitions/feedback

July 6 – August 4, 2017

545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
+1 (212) 463 8634

Gallery Hours Tues – Sat 10-6

Photo:
Pierre Le Hors

 

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week
ARTNEWS
http://www.artnews.com/2017/07/03/9-art-events-to-attend-in-new-york-city-this-week-110/

 

Spray Paint LACMA, 1972
©1972, Harry Gamboa Jr.

40 inches x 60 inches
Chromogenic Print
Mounted on aluminum

Alexander Sramek at opening of FEEDBACK.

Photo: Linjie Deng

 

Guests at opening of FEEDBACK.

Photo:  Alexander Sramek

 

Guests at opening of FEEDBACK.

Photo:  Sean Carrillo

 

Isabel Tesfazghi at opening of FEEDBACK

Selfie

Abel Correa
FEEDBACK

Leo Fitzpatrick
Curator
FEEDBACK
Marlborough Contemporary
New York

Photo: Harry Gamboa Jr.

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

Counter Current Festival – Houston 2017

Illusions of Urbanscape
Thursday
April 20, 2017
6:30pm
Quintero Theatre
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
University of Houston

In this new lecture, Gamboa looks at myth in contemporary society with images and videos of his work. For more than forty years, his artistic lens has responded to the Los Angeles “urbanscape” with its subtle layering of codes, rules, and visual markers that contribute to making a sophisticated living space for millions of people
http://www.countercurrentfestival.org/project/illusions-of-urbanscape/

l-r:
Ariane Roesch

Harry Gamboa Jr.
Quintero Theatre
University of Houston

l:
Ariana Roesch
Roberto Tejada, Ph.D.
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Jesus Gonzalez

r:
Angel Lartigue
Delilah Montoya
Leticia Contreras
Stalin Villarreal

Houston

University of Houston and Lee College students with Houston community artists.
l-r:
Leticia Contreras
Victoria Paige Gonzalez
Angel Lartigue
Tere Garcia
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Caine Salazar

Houston

 

http://www.harrygamboajr.com

MXLA 2017 – Creative Economy Forum

6th Session – Visual Arts

June 27, 2017
13:10 – 15:10

Moderator:
Rubén Ortiz-Torres

Panelists:
Eduardo Abaroa
Julieta González
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Janet Sternburg
Raúl Zorrilla
Alma Ruiz

Photo:
©2017, Francesco X. Siqueiros

MEXLA 2017
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2017
http://sections.latimes.com/mxla/2017/08/03/#?page=1

México ama a Los Ángeles, y Los Ángeles ama a México
por
Julia Barajas
La Opinión
https://laopinion.com/2017/07/06/mexico-ama-a-los-angeles-y-los-angeles-ama-a-mexico/

also, previous items:

Luna Córnea 34. Viajes al Centro de la Imagen Vol. 2, 2015
Issuu
https://issuu.com/c_imagen/docs/lunacornea_34

Mexico City’s Best, 2013 – Patrick Charpenel
Art in America
http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/mexico-citys-best-2013patrick-charpenel/

crisisss. Art and Confrontation in Latin America. 1910-2010 at Palacio de Bellas Artes
e-flux
http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/35628/crisisss-art-and-confrontation-in-latin-america-1910-2010-at-palacio-de-bellas-artes-and-ex-teresa-arte-actual/

Hecho en Latinoamérica. Segundo Coloquio Latinoamericano de Fotografía by Centro de la Imagen, 1981
Issuu
https://issuu.com/c_imagen/docs/2-coloquio