List Projects: Kenneth Tam

When 18 Apr 2017 - 21 May 2017
Where MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15 Atrium level
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

For his first solo institutional exhibition, Kenneth Tam will present his recent video installation Breakfast in Bed (2016). Tam’s practice takes on interpersonal power dynamics and physical intimacy, particularly between men, as a point of departure in investigating broader themes around private and social boundaries. Often recruiting participants online via websites like Craigslist and Reddit, the artist instigates situations that call into question traditional patterns of heteronormativity, and function somewhere between social experiment, performance art, and absurdist theater.

Kenneth Tam’s (b. 1982, New York, lives and works in Houston) works encompass sculpture, video, and photography. Tam received an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BFA from Cooper Union. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Galerie Xippas, Paris (2015); Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles (2014); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2013); and Pauline, Los Angeles (2012). His films have screened at Favorite Goods, Los Angeles (2014); loisiada, New York (2011); and The Box, Los Angeles (2010). He has been awarded a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2015); the Core Program Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015); and an Art Matters Foundation Grant (2013).

Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Jane & Neil Pappalardo, Cynthia & John Reed, and Terry & Rick Stone.  In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR Boston’s NPR News Station.

List Projects: Kenneth Tam is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

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