National Portrait Gallery
Hide / Seek
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
This is the first major museum exhibition to focus
on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture. “Hide/Seek”
considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting
modern America; how artists explored the fluidity of sexuality and gender;
how major themes in modern art—especially abstraction—were
influenced by social marginalization; and how art reflected society’s
evolving and changing attitudes toward sexuality, desire, and romantic
The exhibition begins with late nineteenth-century works by Thomas Eakins
and John Singer Sargent and charts the twentieth century with major
works by such American masters such as Romaine Brooks, Marsden Hartley,
and Georgia O’Keeffe. The exhibition arcs through the postwar
period with major paintings by Agnes Martin, David Hockney, Jasper Johns,
and Andy Warhol. It continues through the end of the twentieth century
with works by Keith Haring, AA Bronson, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres about
life, love and death during the AIDS crisis, and charts the vigorous
reassertion of lesbian and gay civil rights in the twenty-first.
A 304-page catalog titled Hide/Seek Difference and
Desire in American Portraiture has been authored by the
exhibition co-curators, David C. Ward, National Portrait Gallery
historian, and Jonathan Katz, director of the doctoral program
in visual studies, State University of New York at Buffalo.
The catalog will be published by Smithsonian Books and distributed
by Random House; it will be on sale for $45.
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