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Kenneth Tam | Outdoor Screening

July 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Kenneth Tam | Outdoor Screening

Griffith Park Boys Camp

Outdoor Screening | Virginia Avenue Park

July 27, 2018 | 7:30 PM- 9 PM


In the Artist Lab at 18th Street Arts Center, Kenneth Tam continues his ongoing interest in the social dynamics within all-male groups and the norms of masculine identity. Tam uses the American summer camp as both a conceptual frame and an actual site to investigate these interests. A uniquely American invention, the summer camp has evolved from an activity for the privileged into a rite-of-passage for children of all backgrounds, and speaks to how we see play as essential in childhood but superfluous in adulthood.

The centerpiece of Tam’s residency is a new video work involving participants gathered from online postings. The artist invited a group of adult, working-age men of all backgrounds to participate in a three-day experimental summer camp, filmed in May 2018 at the Griffith Park Boys Camp. At the camp, they were able to temporarily reimagine their lives in ways not pressured by the strict social demands of waged work.

On July 27, 2018, at the peak of the summer recreation season, Tam will present an outdoor screening of a single-channel version of the film at Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood. Concurrently, from July 16 through September 14, Tam will develop and exhibit an installation in the Main Gallery. The Opening Reception is August 18, 2018.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.


Astria Suparak & Brett Kashmere | Tailgate Reception


Exhibition | 18th Street Arts Center’s Atrium Gallery

July 27, 2018 | 5 PM- 7 PM

There will be a tailgate reception between gallery hours and Kenneth Tam’s screening from 5-7 PM at 18th Street Arts Center’s Atrium Gallery. Join us and see Winningest, an exhibition curated by curator in residence Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere. Check out the exhibition before it closes at the end of the month!


We are the champions. And the losers. This is a non-zero- sum game, where gains can be made off the scoreboard, outside of the game clock, beyond the field, and even in moments rife with pain or ambiguity. This exhibition divulges shameful and disregarded aspects of sports. It accentuates the kinships and struggles of athletes, and revels in the moments that break with the past and usher in new eras. Sports are not a refuge from the “real world”; sports have been and always are political.

Artists and featured athletes are Simone Biles, Darryl Dawkins, Cara Erskine, Billie Jean King, Karen Kraven, Mark Gonzales, Nicolas Lampert, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, Ayanah Moor.

Winningest is part of A Non-Zero-Sum Game, a series of exhibitions and events launching, and part of, INCITE Journal of Experimental Medias newest issue, Sports and organized by issue editors Astria Suparak (18th Street Art Center Curator in Residence) and Brett Kashmere (Founding Editor, INCITE Journal).



July 27, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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18th Street Arts Center


Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States
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