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Online Film Screenings and Talks with Artists Kenneth Tam and Tala Madani at the Guggenheim


The 2020 iterations of the Guggenheim’s annual Asian Art Circle Presents and Middle Eastern Circle Presents program series will take place virtually over the course of two weeks in December. Artists Kenneth Tam and Tala Madani will be in conversation with Guggenheim curators, streamed for free on the museum’s YouTube channel. Accompanying these live programs, films by both artists will be made available to stream at no cost on the Guggenheim’s website.

Online Artist Talk: Kenneth Tam
Thursday, December 10, 7 pm EST
Artist Kenneth Tam and Sophia Marisa Lucas, Assistant Curator, Queens Museum, join Kyung An, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, to discuss the virtual premiere of Tam’s film Silent Spikes (2020). In this new work, Tam considers how Asian men have been stereotyped and maligned and uses the figure of the cowboy as a way to re-imagine tropes of American masculinity. Register to receive a tune-in reminder.

Silent Spikes incorporates visual and narrative references to the labor strike organized by Chinese Transcontinental Railroad workers in 1867 in order to reflect on the legacy of this often overlooked but historically significant act of defiance. Working collaboratively with participants, Tam explores expressions of male subjectivity that resist oppression, and asks, “What might Asian American masculinity look like?”

The Silent Spikes virtual premiere will be available for viewing beginning December 9, 7 pm, through December 12, 7 pm. The video can be accessed on the Guggenheim’s website.

Online Artist Talk: Tala Madani
Thursday, December 17, 12 pm EST
Iranian American artist Tala Madani makes paintings and animations that use humorous, fantastical imagery and a rich painterly expressionism to critique notions of representation, gender, authority, and identity. In this online talk, Madani discusses her creative practice and her recent series Shit Moms with Jessica Cerasi, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Register to receive a tune-in reminder.

A selection of Madani’s animations is available for viewing beginning December 16, 7 pm, through December 20, 7 pm on the Guggenheim’s website.


Online Artist Talk: Kenneth Tam and Silent Spikes are made possible by the Queens Museum with support from the Asian Art Circle at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Online Artist Talk: Tala Madani is made possible with support from the Middle Eastern Circle at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

The Sackler Center for Arts Education is a gift of the Mortimer D. Sackler Family. Endowment funding is provided by The Engelberg Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Elaine Terner Cooper Foundation; the Esther Simon Charitable Trust; the Anna Kovner and Seth Meisel Education Endowment Fund; and the Goldring Education Endowment Fund.

Educational activities and/or public programs are made possible in part by Ornellaia; The Freeman Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; The Pinkerton Foundation; Katherine and Peter Kend, Annie and Gaines Wehrle, and Michael Wehrle in honor of Ebersole Gaines and Peter Lawson-Johnston; and The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.

Funding is also provided by Guggenheim Partners, LLC; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; Gail May Engelberg and The Engelberg Foundation; The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation; Jacadi Paris; The Barker Welfare Foundation; CBRE; and an anonymous donor.

Additional support from John L. Thomson; Peter Bentley Brandt; Lauren and Scott Pinkus; Bobbi and Barry Coller; Con Edison; JPMorgan Chase; Peggy Jacobs Bader and John Bader; Margarita and Ari Benacerraf; Sylvia W. and Randle M. Kauders Foundation; Lisa and Jeffrey Thorp; PunkinFutz, LLC; the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc.; the Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc.; the Mann-Apatow Family Foundation; Zina Starosta-Egol; and Cecilia and Mark Vonderheide.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation thanks the members of the Education Committee; the Asian Art Circle; the Latin American Circle; and the Middle Eastern Circle for their support.

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