Is The Smithsonian’s New Queer Art Showcase Bad For Contemporary Art?

Posted on 04 Nov 2010 at 10:44am

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, a new exhibit that opened over the weekend at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, features 105 works from artists including Jasper Johns and Thomas Eakins that, says curator David C. Ward, are not overtly queer — despite the show's purposeful message that sexual orientation and gender identity played a crucial part in American art. "There's been an entire history hiding in plain sight," he says. "Telling the history of art without the history of gay people is like telling the history of slavery without mentioning black people." Allow some art types to disagree!

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