As former museum docents, we are very disappointed with Tacoma Art Museum’s plan to introduce: “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” a controversial exhibit that was found offensive by many of our congressional leaders when it was shown in D.C. This is not the publicity or direction that we want for the Tacoma community.
Responsible people in our community recognize the importance of marriage and family to the welfare of our community, especially our children. TAM has entered this most sensitive debate as a clear sympathizer for gay and lesbian ascendancy.
The leadership of our community’s oldest art museum is endorsing a direction for the museum that is not in keeping with the wishes of the membership and the predominant views of the community.
We acknowledge that it is most challenging to stage exhibit after exhibit that will attract attendance. Unfortunately, perhaps unintentionally, TAM has crossed the line. Christians, Muslims, Jews or anyone in our community should not have to suffer disrespect of their faith because of TAM’s ginning up controversy to achieve its goals of revenue and attendance.
We appeal to TAM to purge this planned exhibit of all offensive content and redirect its publicity away from the promotion of highly sensitive themes such as the gay and lesbian lifestyle. Promoters of these “expressions of art “would not sit for a moment for an exhibit contrary to their views.