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Tacoma exhibit offers vivid view of American art history, told via LGBT lens

(Editor's note: “Hide/Seek” will be exhibited at Tacoma Art Museum through June 12. For more information, call (253) 272-4258 or visit HERE.)

TACOMA, Wash. -- If you’ve heard the fuss about “Hide/Seek,” the portraiture show impressively snagged by Tacoma Art Museum from controversial showings at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn Art Museum last year, you might think it’s just a gay art show.

Think again.

“Hide/Seek” goes way beyond giving pride of place to gay-themed art and gay artists, though that’s admirable. It rewrites the whole of American art history from the 1890s onward, telling the unedited version of the journey from figurativism to contemporary art. It represents nearly every major American artist and their sexuality with works that are breathtaking to view. It insists on a complexity of identity that pulls you in and won’t let go.

Of course, the timing is perfect with the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and recent votes on gay marriage rights. But “Hide/Seek” goes past immediate politics. The first major museum show to explore gay identity in art, it delves into repression, pretense, anger, suffering, death, humor and celebration through a sharply focused gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender lens.

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