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:

 

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
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France
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UK
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Germany
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Japan
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Italy
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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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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

 

 

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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

 

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Whitney Museum – Opening Party

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America Is Hard To See
inaugural exhibition of permanent collection
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
April 24, 2015

In attendance at Whitney Museum – Opening Party:

Harry Gamboa Jr. with his work, Decoy Gang War Victim, 1974
Photo:  Ruben Ochoa

Ruben Ochoa and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Photo: Pablo Melendez

Harry Gamboa Jr. and Catherine Taft (Curator, Whitney Museum)
Photo: Ari Marcopoulos

Charles Gaines and Harry Gamboa Jr.
Photo: Ruben Ochoa

Raphael Montañez Ortiz with his work, Archaeological Find, Number 9, 1964
Photo: Harry Gamboa Jr.

Bibbe Hansen and Friends
Photo: Sean Carrillo

Ruben Ochoa and Pablo Melendez
Photo: Harry Gamboa Jr.

Sean Carrillo and Bibbe Hansen
Photo: Harry Gamboa Jr.

Whitney Museum of American Art: Handbook of the Collection.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 2015.

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Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits – Triangle France

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March 7 – Juy 6, 2014
Friche La Belle De Mai Marseille
Harry Gamboa Jr.
Gronk
Willie F. Herrón
Patssi Valdez
with
Oscar Castillo
Cyclona
Jerry Dreva
John Valadez
Humberto Sandoval
and others.
Curated by Triangle France as part of the 2014 program me of Le Cartel, in co-production with Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA.

Curators: Céline Kopp, Chon Noriega, and Pilar Thomkins Rivas

Exhibition opening with viewers.
l-r:
Harry Gamboa Jr., and Céline Kopp at Asco and Friends:  Exiled Portraits exhibition.

Decoy Gang War Victim ©1974, Harry Gamboa Jr

l-r:
Harry Gamboa Jr.Pilar Thomkins Rivas, and Chon Noriega at Asco and Friends:  Exiled Portraits exhibition.

 

L’art du happening des voyous superbes d’ASCO
Par Emmanuelle Lequeux (Marseille)
Le Monde
April 18, 2014
http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2014/04/18/a-marseille-l-art-du-happening-des-voyous-superbes-d-asco_4403674_3246.html

L’art en bande organisée

Par Roxana Azimi
Le Monde
11 Apr 14
http://www.lemonde.fr/le-magazine/article/2014/04/11/l-art-en-bande-organisee_4398903_1616923.html

Asco and Friends:  Exiled Portraits
http://www.cartel-artcontemporain.fr/evt/asco-and-friends-exiled-portraits

Le combat en images des Chicanos californiens
La Provence Marseille
March 13, 2014
http://www.laprovence.com/article/loisirs/2788341/le-combat-en-images-des-chicanos-californiens.html

Asco and Friends
Culture 13
http://www.culture-13.fr/agenda/asco-and-friends-exiled-portraits.html

10 raisons de sortir
Le Monde
http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2014/04/25/10-raisons-de-sortir_4401900_3246.html

Sur les traces d’ASCO & Friends à la Friche Belle de Mai. Marseille http://eyeandmind.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/sur-les-traces-dasco-friends-a-la-friche-belle-de-mai-marseille

Buy Online:

Eclipse Series 43: Agnès Varda in California
The Criterion Collection
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DVD BOX SET
3 Discs

Uncle Yanco
Black Pathers
Lions Love (…and Lies)
Mur Murs
Documenteur

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