Must See: HIDE/SEEK at the Tacoma Art Museum

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Tacom Art Museum, March 17th - June 10, 2012 (ONLY West Coast Stop!)

Long story short, this exhibit turns our attentions toward the important roll that homosexuals have played in the history of american art, and culture. It does so by displaying a chronological timeline of masterpieces starting in the early 20th century. Amongst the masters are Thomas Eakins, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Maplethorpe, Andrew Wyeth, Andy Warhol, and my personal favorite, J.C. Layendecker (Yes. That's right. For a limited time, you can see a real painting that was contructed by the beautiful hands of the man that inspired the F. Scott Fitgerald to write "The Great Gatsby"), and many, many more very important artists that have shaped the nation. Though you have probably seen some of these artists works on their own, the powerful narrative of the collected experiences shared by these artists that is shown through the collection, whether just through political climates, or within social circles give such great insight to the creative processes of these great works.
This collection was curated by the Smithsonian's David C. Ward. A historian at the Institute's National Portrait Gallery. Mr. Ward will be giving a talk entitled HIDE/SEEK: A Historical View on Saturday, June 2nd at Tacoma Art Museum for a mere $15 ($5 for students!).
Definitely a must.

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