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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

'Hide/Seek': Go see it for yourself

By Stephanie Merry

Robert Mapplethorpe's "Self-portrait," is also on display as part of "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." (Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation)

By now you've probably heard the buzz about an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. After the Catholic League complained about a video by David Wojnarowicz containing ants crawling on a cross -- part of the sexuality-themed exhibit "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" -- the Smithsonian museum removed the piece, which you can see here, from the show. If you picked up the Style section today, you probably noticed that art critic Blake Gopnik is not amused.

So we want to know: Did you see the exhibit before the video was removed? What did you think of the show overall?

If you haven't been to the show yet, there's plenty of time to see it -- it continues through Feb. 13 and it's open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, so you could even stop in after work. Get a sneak preview in our photo gallery of more images from the exhibition.

UPDATE: As Washington City Paper reported, Logan Circle gallery Transformer will be showing a clip of the recently removed video as of 1 p.m. today.

UPDATE, part II: Transformer artistic director Victoria Reis says that the gallery is planning a protest march from the art space at 14th and P Streets NW to the Portrait Gallery at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

By Stephanie Merry  | December 1, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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