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Smithsonian to look at history of homosexuality in art

on Thursday,November 04,2010 18:11

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As the gay community continues to make strides toward achieving equal rights, artists are doing research of their own to determine how the gay community has been portrayed in the field throughout history.

The Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting paintings that display how sexual orientation has played a role in art. The event, which was funded by a number of private donors, will be held until February 13.

"There's been an entire history hiding in plain sight," Portrait Gallery historian and curator David Ward told ABC News. "Telling the history of art without the history of gay people is like telling the history of slavery without mentioning black people."

The 105 pieces of art on display were carefully selected by curators who did not want every painting to have an obvious homosexual undertone at first glance. The idea is to raise awareness for the role gay individuals have always played throughout the history of art.

Careers in the field of art are predicted to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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