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“Hide/Seek” faith dialogue at Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is making the utmost of its nationally controversial gay art exhibit “Hide/Seek” to hold as many community educational and conversational opportunities as possible. This Saturday sees another: “SEEKing Common Ground: A Dialogue about Art, Faith, and Sexuality

The program, held in partnership with Tacoma-area worship congregations, will be moderated by the Revd. Chris Morton of Associated Ministries. Local religious leaders from various faiths will respectfully share their viewpoints on issues raised by the exhibit. It’s an important lens through which to view “Hide/Seek,” as the show made headlines when the original venue, the Smithsonian’s National

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Northwest artists respond to Tacoma Art Museum’s gay art show “Hide/Seek” with an illuminating group show at The Space

Holly Senn, "Coding/Uncoding." Courtesy image.

If you haven’t seen “Hide/Seek” at Tacoma Art Museum, you’ve probably heard of it: a groundbreaking, controversial show initially mounted at the Smithsonian of major American art with a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender theme. Now Northwest artists have responded to the show and its issues with a show of their own. “Queering the Museum” features 19 artists in a thought-provoking group show at downtown Tacoma venue The Space, opening this weekend, with associated events at Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery and Tacoma Art Museum.

Curator Erin Bailey has made the most of the unusual geography of The Space, an alternative non-profit venue that hosts music and other arts events. The works curve around from the front lobby through to the open back area, their placement making its own statement about taking gender as you find it. Read more »


Critic’s picks: Tacoma Art Museum lectures, new work at Museum of Glass, Assemblage Theater and poet Todd Boss at Gig Harbor

Lectures on controversial art at TAM

To complement gay art exhibit “Hide/Seek,” Tacoma Art Museum is hosting four Saturday lectures by local scholars on controversy in art. All are at 1 p.m. April 7: “Between Icon and Idol: Venerated and Broken Images in Byzantium.” April 14: “The Rhetoric of Degeneracy: Three Moments in 20th century art.” April 21: “The Art of Remembering” (Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans’ War Memorial). April 28: “Art and Anger: The AIDS Crisis.” $15 per lecture/$80 for complete series ($10/$50 for members). 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

New installation by de Santillana siblings at MoG

Opening this weekend at the Museum of Glass is “Scapes,” a new installation of work by Venetian siblings Laura and Alessandrao Diaz de Santillana. Created in the museum’s Hot Shop in 2010, “Scapes” creates four room-based installations inspired by the Hindu belief that the world is a series of disks made up of wind, water and earth, upon which float four continents in a vast circular ocean. Opens April 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $12 general/$10 senior, student, military/$5 children/free for 5 and under. 1821 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org

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Critic’s picks: Northwest Sinfonietta, “Hide/Seek” at Tacoma Art Museum, Click Flick at The Grand and Tito Puente Jr. at the Rialto

Northwest Sinfonietta does Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Schubert

Young violin prodigy Marié Rossano returns to play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Northwest Sinfonietta this weekend. Other pieces on the program are Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture and Schubert’s Symphony no. 4, the “Tragic.” 7:30 p.m. tonight (Seattle), March 17 (Tacoma) and 2 p.m. March 18 (Puyallup.) $19-$49. Benaroya Hall, 100 University St., Seattle/Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma/Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. 888-356-6040, nwsinfonietta.org

“Hide/Seek” opens at Tacoma Art Museum

The controversial GLBT American portraiture show “Hide/Seek” opens at Tacoma Art Museum this weekend, with a curator talk and opening party Saturday. Taken down at the Smithsonian last year after patron complaints, it nevertheless received wide acclaim for the quality and diversity of gay and lesbian-themed artwork in multiple media. Curator talk 2 p.m. March 17 ($15/$10/$5). Opening celebration 7-10 p.m. March 17 ($25 advance/$35 at door/free for members). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays through June 10. $10/$8/free for under-five and third Thursdays 5-8 p.m. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org Read more »


Tacoma Art Museum begins Late Night Thursday series of post-5 p.m. events at the museum

Tacoma Art Museum is opening up for the after-work crowd during March, April and June with a series of events from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is not always free, but every Thursday will offer different groups and activities, plus more time to look at the galleries, particularly the upcoming GLBT portraiture show, “Hide/Seek.”

“We want to give people as many opportunities as we can to see “Hide/Seek” said TAM communications director Lisa McKeown. “And we realize many people work until 5 p.m.”

Late Night Thursday events include:

March 22: Tacoma’s 100th Monkey party, getting the arts community together

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Tacoma Art Museum’s opening party for “Hide/Seek” filling up fast

Thomas Eakins, "Salutat." Image courtesy Tacoma Art Museum.

Want to be at the opening party for “Hide/Seek,” the controversial GLBT art show coming next weekend to Tacoma Art Museum? Then you’d better hurry. Already 450 people have RSVP’d to the 7-10 p.m. party on March 17, and that’s getting near museum capacity, said communications director Lisa McKeown.

The show, which got a lot of attention when it was first mounted at the National Portrait Gallery in 2010, is a survey of gay and lesbian portraiture in American art from 1850 to the present, and includes most of the seminal art figures in this country’s history: Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz and more. It also includes “Fire in My Belly,” the unfinished video work by David Wojnarowicz which was taken down from the NPG show after protests by Republicans and religious conservatives angry at the scenes where ants crawl over a plastic crucifix. Read more »


Tacoma Art Museum to show controversial gay/lesbian portrait show in 2012

It looks like Tacoma can handle what Washington, D.C. can’t – at least in terms of controversial art.

Tacoma Art Museum is collaborating with the Brooklyn Museum to remount the acclaimed and controversial art show “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” which opened at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery last fall and closed last month. The show explores gay and lesbian themes in American portraiture, and sparked controversy around the country for pulling one work, David Wojnarowicz’s “Fire in My Belly,” from the show after complaints from Republican senators and religious conservatives. The video included an

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