Exhibitions: HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Bowl with Alternate Impressed and Red-polished Panels

Egyptologists are not certain whether this bowl from an Upper Egyptian grave was made by a Nubian or an Egyptian. The zigzag patterns create...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Statuette of King Necho

    This sculpture probably belonged to a group showing the king presenting an offering to a god. The inscription indicates that the royal figur...

    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.


    DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_01_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_02_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_03_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_04_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_05_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_06_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_07_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_08_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_09_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_10_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_11_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_12_Prelims_PS4.jpg DIG_E_2011_Hide_Seek_13_Prelims_PS4.jpg

    HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

    • Dates: November 18, 2011 through February 12, 2012
    • Collections: American Art
    Exhibition Didactics ?
    • HIDE/SEEK Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
      The first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in modern American portraiture, HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture presents new perspectives on American art, the nature of modern portraiture, and the multifaceted role that sexuality and gender have played in modern art. Featuring works by some of the most important figures in modern and contemporary art, HIDE/SEEK explores the role that sexual identity has played in cultural expressions through more than a hundred works in a range of media.

      From early modern works by realist painters to contemporary conceptual works, HIDE/SEEK follows the thread of often coded expressions of sexual identity, pointing out connections between stylistic innovation and marginalization, social history and art history. The works on view range from early twentieth-century paintings in which artists developed visual codes and other strategies to veil sexual themes, to works by artists responding to the Stonewall riots of 1969 and the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and beyond. That so many of the artists in this exhibition, from Eakins to Warhol, are touchstones in the history of American art is clear evidence that exchange among people of differing sexualities has been the rule, not the exception, in American culture. HIDE/SEEK tells a story of artistic and cultural creativity that has been hidden in plain sight for the last century.

      HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture was originally organized by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and has been reorganized by the Brooklyn Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum. The original presentation was co-curated by David C. Ward, National Portrait Gallery, and Jonathan D. Katz, director of the doctoral program in visual studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is coordinated by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Project Curator.

    advanced 110,591 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Recently Tagged Exhibitions

    Recent Comments

    "Hi Aimee, I think you mean Oreet Ashery? More information can be found in her profile on the Feminist Art Base: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/oreet_ashery.php?i=266"
    By shelley

    "Hi, I am trying to find the name of the artist who took and is in the photograph that follows- http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/exhibitions/664/Global_Feminisms_Remix/image/216/Global_Feminisms_Remix._%7C08032007_-_03032008%7C._Installation_view. I believe the artist takes pictures of herself dressed as a man but then exposes her femaleness, as in the photo of her dressed as an Ascetic Jew exposing her breast. Can you help me find her information? Thanks in advance- Aimee Record"
    By Aimee Record

    "For more information on Louis Schanker and the New York Art Scene of the mid 1900's go to http://www.LouisSchanker.info "
    By Lou Siegel

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.

    The Brooklyn Museum Archives maintains a collection of historical press releases. Many of these have been scanned and made available on our Web site. The releases range from brief announcements to extensive articles; images of the original releases have been included for your reference. Please note that all the original typographical elements, including occasional errors, have been retained. Releases may also contain errors as a result of the scanning process. We welcome your feedback about corrections.
    For select exhibitions, we have made available some or all of the informative text panels written by the curator or organizer. Called "didactics," these panels are presented to the public during the exhibition's run, and we reproduce them here for your reference and archival interest. Please note that any illustrations on the original didactics have not been retained, and that the text may contain errors as a result of the scanning process. We welcome your feedback about corrections.
    For select exhibitions, we have made available some or all of the objects from the Brooklyn Museum collection that were in the installation. These objects are listed here for your reference and archival interest, but the list may be incomplete and does not contain objects owned by other institutions or lenders.
    This section utilizes the New York Times API in order to display related materials in New York Times publications.