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“Portraits” is a Grand Creation Years in the Making

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Portraits, a new production from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington debuting at the Kennedy Center on June 16, is not that. It is so absolutely not that.Portraits is a grand creation years in the making.

How many? By one count, four, going back to 2020 when longtime GMCW singing member Bill Lipsett brought an idea, along with funding, to the chorus.

By another count, Portraits has been slowly jelling for closer to 14 years.“The idea had been floating in my head for years,” says Lipsett, recalling his visit to the 2010 installation of “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibit explored an intersection of the LGBTQ experience and portraiture, featuring Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, and many other artists. “I was really taken by this exhibit.

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