Community: Comment: HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

These comments were left by our visitors during the run of the Brooklyn Museum exhibition HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture from November 18, 2011 to February 12, 2012.

174 comments

Great exhibit. A nice complement to the exhibit on art in the Twenties upstairs. There is more than enough material out there for a sequel. I would love to see more work on these themes by women artists, especially early twentieth century work. Also, I wanted more explanation of pieces that were exhibited in DC but not here.
Link Posted by Mark
Jan 27, 2012 at 9:09pm
whoever felt the need to interject their own jawdroppingly inane interpretations of the phenomenal pieces in this show should seriously reconsider their positionality. the sweeping generalizations, cringeworthy over-explanations, and all around problematic tidbits were enough to prompt us to arguing about whether or not burt and ernie were more famous than alice and gertrude. p.s. this technology blows
Link Posted by erjosama
Jan 27, 2012 at 7:07pm
The curation of this exhibit was absolutely brilliant. Most exhibits go by time or style but what was so special about this is that it progressive in severity. It started with portraits, simple, and ended with Wonnarovich and AIDS. Also, the fact that you needed to come out through the enterance and there wasnt both an entrance or an exit was beautiful, because it forces you to revisit the previous works after the harsh severity at the end.
Link Posted by Miriam
Jan 26, 2012 at 11:11pm
I think that you have made it as difficult as possible for visitors to locate this exhibit. I traversed most of two floors before I arrived at the exit! No signs, few guards, really hidden!
Link Posted by Eleanor
Jan 26, 2012 at 5:05pm
I was touched by the show and the artworks in it. I also felt that women were underrepresented in the show.
Link Posted by Carina
Jan 26, 2012 at 4:04pm
very enlightening. usually when i see photographs of paintings that not only show male nudes but infuses them with sexuality and homoeroticism, i have to imagine they were created only within the last 20 years. then i discover, as in the case of the main image used for the instalation, that they are sometimes from 1948. it makes me wonder why we are still living lives separating our sexuality from ourselves.
Link Posted by Mark M
Jan 25, 2012 at 7:07pm
well done, refreshing.
Link Posted by anon
Jan 25, 2012 at 6:06pm
As a faggot in america, it's invaluable to see a collection of my inheritance. I have been entrusted with a history, a secret, a desire, a blasphemy, a code, a survival, a vaudville, a morbid ass licking celebration. thanks prof katz. it was my pleasure
Link Posted by julian
Jan 22, 2012 at 10:10pm
Listened to some of the children's tour today about Andy Warhol's gold shoe and it was really engaging (and informative for an adult audience too!). Wonderful exhibit.
Link Posted by Ellen Adams
Jan 22, 2012 at 6:06pm
lesbian/female artists were sadly under represented - featuring women from the 1920's is wonderful, but surely there have been worthy women artists since.
Link Posted by molly
Jan 21, 2012 at 10:10pm
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