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HIDE/SEEK at the Brooklyn Museum

  • Jan 7, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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The first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture, HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together more than one hundred works in a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. The exhibition charts the underdocumented role that sexual identity has played in the making of modern art, and highlights the contributions of gay and lesbian artists to American art. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with Thomas Eakins’ Realist paintings, HIDE/SEEK traces the often coded narrative of sexual desire in art produced throughout the early modern period and up to the present. The exhibition features pieces by canonical figures in American art—including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Alice Neel, and Berenice Abbott—along with works that openly assert gay and lesbian subjects in modern and contemporary art, by artists such as Jess Collins and Tee Corinne.

In addition to revealing connections between sexual identity and formal developments in modern art, HIDE/SEEK presents artists’ responses to the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the AIDS epidemic, and postmodern themes of identity, highlighted with major pieces by artists such as AA Bronson, Félix González-Torres, and Annie Leibovitz.  More than simply documenting a prominent subculture often relegated to the margins of American art, HIDE/SEEK offers a unique survey of more than a century of American portraiture and leads the way towards a more nuanced and inclusive understanding of modern art in America.

We will be going on the first Saturday of the month, so admission is free and there will be plenty to do.

At the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5 to 11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6 p.m.

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  • Dominique

    nice group of people, the exhibit is great and very worthwhile seeing!

    January 8, 2012

  • Jenn T.

    Another meetup I am part of is having a similar event this day. However, they are meeting at 1pm where the entry fee is free. According to that meetup, at 5pm, it then turns to the target first saturdays where there is a fee to enter into the film showings and all. That group is meeting at 1pm where they can enter for free and view the various items in regard to the theme. So, I guess my question is, is the entry fee at and after 5 actually free?

    January 6, 2012

  • Jon

    You should all know about the following discussion about the Hide/Seek exhibit. This ends at 4 pm on the day we are to meet

    Roundtable Discussion: "Sexuality and the Museum"

    Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2?4 p.m.
    Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
    Roundtable on issues surrounding the exhibition HIDE/SEEK will feature curators, museum directors, and some of the exhibition?s artists

    January 6, 2012

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