Absolut Art x Times Square Arts Presents Kenneth Tam
Absolut Art is thrilled to offer two signed, limited edition prints by Kenneth Tam and partner with Times Square Arts and The Queens Museum to present Tam’s Midnight Moment, the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight.
Shown across 75+ digital billboards in Times Square every night this June, artist Kenneth Tam’s Midnight Moment Silent Spikes reimagines Asian American identity through performance and movement. Set against a saturated and dream-like backdrop, Silent Spikes features Asian American men of various ages and backgrounds dressed in iconic American cowboy garb, mimicking the movements of a bull rider in slow-motion. The figure of the cowboy looms large within the American popular consciousness and continues to function as shorthand for a kind of idealized white Western masculinity.
Using the power of cinema and the iconography of the Western film genre, Silent Spikes inserts Asian American men into a space from which they have traditionally been excluded and asks viewers to question how mythologized conceptions of America’s past continue to shape ideas about the performance of race and gender today.
“By having Asian men step into this role, I pose the question of who has access to embody these characters and the larger ideas they represent,” says Tam.
Tam’s Midnight Moment Silent Spikes is presented in partnership with Times Square Arts and The Queens Museum, where Tam’s solo exhibition of the same title is on view through June 23, 2021. This work was made possible by the Queens Museum with support from the Asian Art Circle at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
In honor of the presentation, Absolut Art has donated $2,500 to Heart of Dinner, a nonprofit collective selected by Tam, which works to fight food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors throughout New York City.