Harry Gamboa, Jr.

Photo of Harry Gamboa, Jr.

Artist, writer, and faculty member, California Institute of the Arts

Harry Gamboa Jr. (b. 1951, Los Angeles, CA, lives and works in East Los Angeles) is an artist, writer, and faculty member of the Photography and Media program at California Institute of the Arts. He is the founder and director of Virtual Vérité (2005-2017), an international performance troupe, and the co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), a conceptual art group based in East Los Angeles. A presentation of his photographs, Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded is on view at the Autry Museum of the American West through August 2018.  Gamboa Jr. has exhibited widely at museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016, 2015, 1995); Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2014); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (2013); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011, 2008, 2001); Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2008); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2006); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (1981). 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, 1980). His writing has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Flash Art International, Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and Frieze. He is the author of Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr., University of Minnesota Press (1998).

Gamboa’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, MA; El Museo del Barrio, New York; the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; and the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, University of California, Los Angeles.