Harry Gamboa Jr.


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Since 1972, Harry Gamboa Jr. has been actively creating works in various media and forms that document and interpret the contemporary urban Chicano experience.

He co-founded Asco (Spanish for nausea), the East L.A. conceptual-performance art group active from 1972-1987. Asco was awarded a Spirit of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Award by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa in 2010 and in the fall of 2011 was the subject of a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Gamboa's work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Smithsonian Institution; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is the recipient of the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship at CSU Los Angeles (2004), the Durfee Artist Award (2001), and the Flintridge Foundation Visual Artist Award (2000), and has been awarded by the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts (1990), California Arts Council (1996), and National Endowment for the Arts (1987 and 1980).

Gamboa is on the faculty of the Program in Photography and Media at CalArts and lectures in the Chicana/o Studies Department at CSU Northridge.

[Source: Adapted from Harry Gamboa Jr.'s Website]