Hide/Seek: Major Gay Museum Exhibit Appears in Washington

15 02 2012

Berenice Abbott, Janet Flanner, 1927. Gelatin silver print. 9 ½ x 7 3/8 inches. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics, New York.

In time for the developments in same-sex marriage equality in the state of Washington, HIDE/SEEK, the first major museum exhibition to spotlight gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender identity,  is making its last stop and only West Coast appearance at Tacoma Art Museum in Washington beginning Saturday, March 17.

From the organizers:

This compelling exhibition, which offers an unprecedented survey of nearly 150 years of American art, debuted at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery last year.HIDE/SEEK was originally organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and has been reorganized by Tacoma Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

“Tacoma Art Museum is excited to be a part of the national discourse. HIDE/SEEK redefines how modern American portraiture is viewed through the lens of gender and sexuality identity,” says Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum. “This exhibition comes at a time of historic legislation and we have a rich history of presenting compelling programs that spur ideas and dialogue within our community.”

Minor White, Tom Murphy (San Francisco), 1948. Gelatin silver print, 4 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches. The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art museum. Bequest of Minor White, MWA 48-136. © Trustees of Princeton University.
 
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