Silent Spikes on the screens of Times Square

Artist Kenneth Tam’s Midnight Moment Silent Spikes (2021) 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. “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. 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’ve 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.

Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight.t

June 01, 2021 - June 30, 2021
11:57 PM - 11:59 PM
TSq Plazas
Bdwy btwn 42nd-47th Sts
New York, NY 10036
Times Square Arts, Queens Museum, Absolut Art
Save to Calendar 2021-06-01 23:57:00 2021-06-30 23:59:00 America/New_York Midnight Moment: Silent Spikes Artist Kenneth Tam’s Midnight Moment /Silent Spikes/ (2021) 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. “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. 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’ve 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. Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight.t TSq Plazas, Bdwy btwn 42nd-47th Sts New York, NY 10036 Times Square Arts, Queens Museum, Absolut Art
Type
On The Plazas
Alliance Event
Public Art
Free