Joseph Christian Leyendecker's oil on canvas is the original painting for a 1914 Arrow shirt advertisement.
Copyright 2010 American Illustrators Gallery, NYC/Smithsonian-Courtesy Archives of American Il
Marsden Hartley's "Painting No. 47, Berlin," 1914-1915, oil on canvas.
Hirshhorn Museum; Gift Of Joseph H. Hirshhorn-Smithsonian
Photographer Berenice Abbott's "Janet Flanner," 1927.
Copyright Berenice Abbott; Commerce Graphics Ltd., Inc.-Smithsonian
'Hugh Laing and Antony Tudor'
This 1940 photograph by Carl Van Vechten hints at intimacy with the two men's concealed arms.
Copyright Carl Van Vechten Trust
'Oedipus (Elvis #1)'
Ray Johnson's tempera and ink wash on magazine paper evokes the danger that a wrong look could bring a gay man.
Copyright Ray Johnson Estate-Collection of William S. Wilson, NY
Robert Rauschenberg's "Canto XIV," 1959. The work illustrates the circle in Dante's hell where sodomites are made to run across hot ground. Rauschenberg has pressed his own footprint onto the picture.
The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gift Of Marcia Simo-Copyright Estate of Robert Rauschenberg; licensed by VAGA
Jasper Johns's "Souvenir," 1964.
Copyright Jasper Johns; Licensed By Vaga-Smithsonian
Robert Mapplethorpe's "Self-portrait," 1975. The artist depicted open gay and lesbian desires, in all their wild range.
Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation-Smithsonian
Annie Leibovitz's "Ellen Degeneres, Kauai, Hawaii," 1997.
Copyright Annie Leibovitz-Smithsonian
Cass Bird's "I Look Just Like My Daddy," 2003.
Copyright Cass Bird-Smithsonian
This 2005 pigment print by Jack Pierson is among the exhibit's wide assemblage of modern-era works.
Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York-Copyright Jack Pierson