Alumnus Patrick Mansfield collaborates on major exhibit | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Alumnus Patrick Mansfield collaborates on major exhibit

"Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture"

"For two summers I worked closely with Dr. Jonathan D. Katz on curating the exhibition. My work ranged from writing and research, to preparing presentations for Jonathan that were delivered to the various museum heads at the Smithsonian. It was a great leaning experience for me. I was able to learn about curating, museum operations and queer American art history, and I assisted in choosing what works should go into the show and which ones shouldn't, so I had the chance to influence the exhibition directly." -Patrick Mansfield

About the exhibit:

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - October 30, 2010 - Feburary 13, 2011

"This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture. 'Hide/Seek' considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern America; how artists explored the fluidity of sexuality and gender; how major themes in modern art—especially abstraction—were influenced by social marginalization; and how art reflected society’s evolving and changing attitudes toward sexuality, desire, and romantic attachment."





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