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Catherine Opie is featured in the first major museum exhibition that showcases themes of gender and sexuality in American portraiture--HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. Initially organized by the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the original presentation was co-curated by David C. Ward amd Jonathan D. Katz. The Brooklyn Museum presentation, coordinated by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, charts the underdocumented role that sexual identity has played in the making of modern art, and highlights the contributions of gay and lesbian artists to American art. Tracing the coded narrative of sexual desire in art produced from the early modern period through the present, HIDE/SEEK displays responses to the Stonewall riots of 1969, the AIDS epidemic and post-modern themes of identity.

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Catherine Opie, Papa Bear, 1991 Courtesy of the Artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles