Harry Gamboa Jr. Invited Guest Artist

LALIFF and AltaMed Health Services are very proud to showcase works by Harry Gamboa Jr., Chicano artist (photographer, performance artist, director), author, and educator, and currently the Director of the Photo/Media Program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His experimental work, spanning over six decades, has shown us new modes of creative expression and social commentary that cross over traditional disciplines of performance, cinema, and fine art.

 Harry Gamboa Jr. art piece

Throughout the Festival we will showcase a selection of Harry's photography and video art work, spanning over six decades.

Harry Gamboa Jr Headshot

Harry was the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based performance group Asco (1972-1985), and founder and director of the international performance troupe, Virtual Vérité (2005-2017).

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums and galleries such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2021); Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2020); Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. (2019); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016, 2015, 1995 Biennial); Autry Museum of the American West (2018); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (2013); Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2011); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2006), among others.

He is the author of Xoloitzcuintli Doppelgänger and Other Stories (essays in Pfeil No.10 & 12, Hamburg); Exploring Commonism A New Aesthetics of the Real (Antwerp); ArtsEverywhere (Ontario, Canada); Lennox: A Colorful Place to Land (East of Borneo Press); Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr. (University of Minnesota Press).