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National Portrait Gallery's Hide/Seek exhibition

Annie Leibovitz / National Portrait Gallery via AP

This undated handout photo provided by the National Portrait Galley shows a photo of Ellen DeGeneres by Annie Leibovitz, part of an exhibit entitled: "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."

Over the weekend the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian opened an exhibition called: Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

According to their website:  "This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture," and the exhibit strives to look at "how art reflected society’s evolving and changing attitudes toward sexuality, desire, and romantic attachment." 

To read more, check out the exhibition description. 

And to see more of the art, check out the full exhibition website here.

What do you think the various artists in this exhibition were trying to say?


Andy Warhol / National Portrait Gallery via AP

This undated handout photo provided by the National Portrait Galley shows the camouflage self-portrait of Andy Warhol, part of an exhibit entitled: "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" which opened Oct. 30 and runs through Feb. 13, 2011. The Gallery stages the first major museum exhibit showing how sexual orientation and gender identity has been portrayed in American art through history. The installation will feature 105 works by such masters as Thomas Eakins, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others.

Berenice Abbott / National Portrait Gallery via AP

This undated handout photo provided by the National Portrait Galley shows a photo of Janet Flanner, by Berenice Abbott, part of an exhibit entitled: "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."