365 Days of Art: October 30 – Hide/Seek Opens

Ellen DeGeneres in Kauai, Hawaii by Annie Leibowitz

Ellen DeGeneres in Kauai, Hawaii by Annie Leibowitz

October 30, 2010

Hide/Seek, the first major museum exhibition to explore themes of sexual identity in portraiture, opens at the National Portrait Gallery. More than 100 works of varying media by artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns, Annie Liebowitz, and Andy Warhol, are on display. The show not only explores the contributions of LGBTQ artists, but traces the role that sexual identity has played in the development of American art: for example, making the connection between the closeting of gay sexual identity and the development of the “hidden” language of abstraction.