Kenneth Tam: Details

When 20 Sep 2019 - 6 Dec 2019
Where Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Art Building, 2300 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78712
United States
Enquiry 512.471.3713

The passage from childhood to adulthood is marked by key events that are at once mundane, formative, and unique—summer camp, the prom, high school graduation, to name a few. Through video and sculpture, Kenneth Tam considers how these milestones form the backdrop against which the socialization of men is staged. Tam’s work questions masculinity, gendered forms of identity formation, and male intimacy. Directing the participants in his videos to respond to both him and one another, Tam conceives of scenarios that nod to group activities meant to foster connection and intimacy. These scenes draw inspiration from team-building tasks and camp sing-alongs, and incorporate dancing, role play and simple speaking exercises. Tam’s videos are playful and funny while opening onto significant and weighty questions. How is gender learned? How is intimacy between men determined and regulated? How does popular culture market and sell a specific form of masculinity?

Kenneth Tam: Details is organized by MacKenzie Stevens, director, with Clare Donnelly, gallery manager.

Image: Still from All of M, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and event organizer.

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