Kenneth Tam: In Conversation

Presenters: Kenneth Tam and Gabriel Ritter

The work of Kenneth Tam challenges our received ideas and societal norms regarding the male body as it relates to physical intimacy, sexuality, and vulnerability. His practice involves the participation of strangers—often recruited through online message boards—in situations orchestrated by the artist that range from tender, to awkward, and even absurd. In conjunction with his exhibition at Mia, “Cold Open,” Tam will speak about his video work in which the artist often creates spaces for men to play, express their feelings, and bond with one another in order to question accepted behavior in heteronormative male culture.

Kenneth Tam (b. 1982, Queens, New York) lives and works in New York. His work was included in the 2016 Hammer Biennial, “Made in LA: a, the, though, only,” and most recently was the subject of a solo exhibition at the MIT’s List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass. Gabriel Ritter leads Mia’s Department of Contemporary Art.

$10; $5 My Mia members, free for members of Contemporary Art and Photography & New Media Affinity Groups. Click here to register on line.