Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits

Triangle France, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and Le Cartel are pleased to announce Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, the first major exhibition in France of works by the artist collective Asco, active in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1987. As a multi-disciplinary group who came of age during the Chicano movement, Asco employed performance, photography, film, urban intervention and public art to respond to the social and political inequities that surrounded them. Throughout Asco’s diverse practice, the concept of portraiture functioned in a counter-intuitive way, to simultaneously reject systems of erasure and to interject constructed images documenting an exiled, invisible group. Centering on works produced by the core founding members Harry Gamboa, Jr, Gronk, Willie F. Herron III, and Patssi Valdez, this exhibition looks at Asco’s conceptual and experimental works within the context of portraiture, community and social exile by exploring visual dialogues between the group and other artists of the same generation and locale, including Oscar Castillo, John Valadez and Ricardo Valverde. The exhibition is curated by Céline Kopp, Chon A. Noriega and Pilar Tompkins Rivas. The exhibition includes works on loan from the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
 
ASCO and Friends: Exiled Portraits
Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie F. Herrón III, Patssi Valdez.
With works by Oscar Castillo, Cyclona, Jerry Dreva, John Valadez, Agnès Varda, Ricardo Valverde, Humberto Sandoval, amongst others.
March 8 - July 6, 2014
4th floor Tour-Panorama
Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille
 
Opening Reception
March 7, 2014

MEDIA COVERAGE

“Les folies révolutionnaires de Chicanos dans les années 1970”
A review of the exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, on view through July 6 at La Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille.
Beaux Arts, June 2014 (PDF)
 
“Asco”
A review of the exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits.
Artist Kunstmagazin, issue 99, May/June/July 2014 (PDF)
 
Asco and Friends review
A review of the CSRC co-curated exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, currently on view in Marseille, in an online French art and culture magazine.
Culturopoing, May 7, 2014 (PDF)
 
“Quand ASCO se met en scène à Marseille”
An online photo gallery of the exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, co-curated by Celine Kopp, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, and CSRC director Chon A. Noriega.
Le Monde, April 18, 2014 (PDF)
 
“L'art du happening des voyous superbes d'ASCO”
A review of the exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits.
Le Monde, April 18, 2014 (PDF)
 
Exhibition in UCLA News
Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, co-organized by the CSRC, was cited in UCLA in the News.
UCLA in the News, April 11, 2014 (PDF)
 
“L'art en bande organisée”
Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits was included in a story on exhibitions of art collectives currently on view in Paris and Marseille.
M, le magazine du Monde, April 11, 2014 (PDF)
 
“La scène underground de Los Angeles débarque à Marseille”
A review of Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits (see page 7).
Le Quotidien de l'Art, April 2, 2014 (PDF)
 
“Le combat en images des Chicano californiens”
The exhibition Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits, co-curated by Celine Kopp, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, and CSRC director Chon A. Noriega, was reviewed in the French newspaper La Provence. The exhibition, which includes numerous works from CSRC collections, is on display at Le Cartel in Marseille.
La Provence, March 13, 2014 (PDF)
 
Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits - Triangle France”
Artist Harry Gamboa Jr., whose has works on display in Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits at Le Cartel, Marseille, posted photos from the exhibition on his blog. The exhibition is curated by Triangle France in collaboration with the CSRC.
Harry Gamboa Jr. (blog), March 13, 2014 (PDF)
 
Asco and Friends circulates on French sites
As the first major exhibition in France of works by the artist collective Asco, excitement regarding Asco and Friends: Exiled Portraits led to the circulation of the official press release on blogs and event sites covering the region. For the PDFs, clck here.