Sepia-toned photo of Janet Flanner in hat

Janet Flanner by Berenice Abbott / Photographic print, 1927 / Prints and Photgraphs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

October 30, 2010 - February 13, 2011

This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture. “Hide/Seek” considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern America; how artists explored the fluidity of sexuality and gender; how major themes in modern art—especially abstraction—were influenced by social marginalization; and how art reflected society’s evolving and changing attitudes toward sexuality, desire, and romantic attachment.

  • HIde/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

    View of "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • HIde/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

    View of "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • HIde/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

    View of "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • HIde/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

    View of "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian.