Counter Current17: Illusions Of Urbanscape // Harry Gamboa Jr.

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Performance Lecture

Presented in Partnership with the UH School of Art

Reception: 5:00 PM in the Blaffer Café, University of Houston Main Campus

The performance will take place at the Quintero Theatre, located inside Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston Main Campus.

"Los Angeles is built atop a desert creating a mirage of sophistication and mystique while primal activities take place beyond the scope of consciousness." - Harry Gamboa Jr.

In this new performance-lecture Chicano performance artist-activist, Harry Gamboa Jr. examines the notion of myth in contemporary society with images and videos of his work. For more than forty years, his artistic focus has been aimed at the Los Angeles “urbanscape” with its subtle layering of codes, rules, and visual markers that contribute to making a sophisticated living space for millions of people. He discusses the various creations that he’s directed with his current performance troupe, Virtual Vérité, and earlier works (1970s and 1980s) with Asco, the young and pioneering group of Chicano artists who produced new methods of art making in bold and public ways.

Often with a strong dose of subversive humor, many of Gamboa’s works are publically staged narratives performed for still photography, video and an immediate live audience. Most of the works are never announced beforehand nor advertised in any way and are usually presented via scholarly publications, mass media, the internet, and word-of-mouth.

"Illusions of Urbanscape" is part of "Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context," a year-long speaker series hosted by the UH School of Art and the BLAFFER Art Museum that brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art.

Harry Gamboa Jr. is an artist, a writer, and an educator whose art has been exhibited in museums and art spaces throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is the founder and director of Virtual Vérité (2005–present), the international performance troupe, and was a co-founder of Asco (1972–1985), the Los Angeles-based performance group. He is a faculty member of the Photography and Media Program at California Institute of the Arts and a lecturer of the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.

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By: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

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