“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.”

HIDE/SEEK traces the evolution of sexual identity through a diverse range of artworks including paintings, sculptures, watercolors, prints, photography and video. Works range from the late 1890s by Thomas Eakins and John Singer Sargent to early modern era pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Romaine Brooks, and George Wesley Bellows; Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol represent the postwar period. The exhibition continues with works influenced by the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the AIDS epidemic by artists such as Keith Haring, Glenn Ligon, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cass Bird, and David Wojnarowicz’s unfinished film, A Fire in My Belly.

The original presentation of HIDE/SEEK was co-curated by David C. Ward, National Portrait Gallery historian, and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, director of the doctoral program in visual studies, State University of New York at Buffalo. At Tacoma Art Museum, the exhibition has been coordinated by Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration of Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art.

For more information about the exhibition, the artwork, and the lectures and workshops that accompany the exhibition, visit www.TacomaArtMuseum.org/HideSeek