b. 1982, New York, U.S.; lives and works between Houston, Texas and New York, U.S.
Kenneth Tam works across video, sculpture, performance, movement, installation and photography, and makes work about the performance of masculinity, spaces of physical intimacy and the transformative potential of private ritual. Tam’s work often takes the form of video installations that include moving image works and sculpture, and explores gender performativity and broader themes on the negotiation of identity.
Kenneth Tam's recent solo exhibitions includeAll of M, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford (2023); The Founding of the World, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2023); Tender is the hand which holds the stone of memory, Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2022–2023); Silent Spikes, Queens Museum, New York (2021); The Crossing, The Kitchen, Queens, New York (2020); Tamborine, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2020); Kenneth: Details, Visual Arts Center of the University of Austin, Texas (2019); Cold Open, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota (2018); and Kenneth Tam, List Projects, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2018). Group exhibitions include Full Burn: Video from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2023); Open Call, The Shed, New York (2021); Artists’ Film Festival 2021 online at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London (2021); InPractice: Other Objects, SculptureCenter, New York (2019); Demolition Womanhood, Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles (2018); Acts of Translation, MMAG Foundation, Amman (2018); When my eyes saw and when my ears heard, Hollybush Gardens, London (2017); Core Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston (2017); and Made in LA: a, the, though, only, The Hammer Biennial, Los AngelesA (2016).
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