EventSeptember 16 - August 5, 2018

Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded at The Autry

Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded opens this Fall at The Autry | Image: Harry Gamboa Jr., Gerardo Velázquez, Synthesized Music Composer, 1991, Gelatin Silver Print, 3/6. Museum purchase made possible by the Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles. Autry Museum of the American West; 2016.28.1-4

This fall, the Autry Museum of the American West presents Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded, the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist, writer and CalArts faculty member.

Featuring more than 90 black and white photographs set within Los Angeles’ distinct urban landscape, the exhibition also includes some never-before-seen new work. Conceived in 1991, Gamboa’s ongoing Chicano Male Unbonded series seeks to question society’s assumptions about Mexican American men and reveal the far more diverse community of creatives and avant-garde who identify as Chicano.

As Gamboa told The Autry, “I’ve heard people comment, just from looking at the pictures, that they are gang members. But then they get closer, read the descriptions and discover that the ‘gang members’ are lawyers, Ph.Ds, artists and novelists. In these days, when political talk includes discussion about the mass deportation of Mexicans and Mexican males in particular are negatively portrayed, this work stands out.”

Gamboa first hit the Los Angeles art scene as an activist and member of the arts collective Asco, creating work to combat the invisibility, imbalance of power and injustices experienced by Chicanos and Mexican Americans.

Opening Sept. 16, the exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Autry’s LA RAZA photography exhibition and as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty’s effort to unite 70 cultural institutions across Southern California in an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles.

In addition to Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male UnbondedGamboa's work can be seen in several other museums and galleries this fall. Among them:

—by Katie Dunham

Event Details

Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded at The Autry

Sept. 16, 2017 – Aug. 5, 2018
The Autry
234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles

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