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Please note: Due to renovation construction, the Kinsey Institute will be closed to gallery & tour visitors from August 1-September 10.

Monday - Friday, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission is free.

Visiting the Gallery
Visitors may view the gallery during gallery hours without an appointment. To schedule a visit at another time during our regular open hours (8:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Monday- Friday), please call 812-855-7686. Please note that the gallery is closed for all major and federal holidays.

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Due to adult content, visitors should be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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The Kinsey Institute is currently in between exhibits. Please check out our upcoming shows below, and come back for updates, or visit our Facebook Page at

Upcoming Exhibitions
For Love Or Money

September 11, 2015 to February 12, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 5 - 7 pm, Kinsey Institute Gallery
Artist Talk by Annie Sprinkle, Friday, September 11, 4 pm, Jordan Hall A100

For Love or Money is the Kinsey Institute’s contribution to Themester 2015 at Indiana University. This year the theme is @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet. For Love or Money will explore various forms of sex work, as well as professions associated with sex and gender expression, including prostitution, exotic dancing, nude and erotic modeling, peep shows, burlesque and drag performance, and adult film production.

More than 80 artworks, photographs, artifacts, film posters, books, magazines, and documents from the Institute’s research collections will be exhibited, including works by contemporary artists Herbert Ascherman, Dennis Chamberlin, Michael Grecco, Jason Kiley, M.C. Madrigal, Barbara Nitke, Michael Rosen, Dona Schwartz, Annie Sprinkle, Daniel D. Teoli Jr., Martin Weinberg, and Hope Wurmfeld.

These varied materials offer a broader view of these forms of work, beyond the stereotypes of sex-related work as demeaning or victimizing. These professions may be out of the mainstream, but they play a significant role in the American economy and culture.

Sex educator Annie Sprinkle will present a lecture on September 11.

Themester Lecture:
Annie Sprinkle--“What I Did for Love, Sex, Money, and Art: 40 Years as Feminist Porn Activist and Radical Sex Educator
” Friday, September 11, 4 to 5 pm, Jordan Hall A100.

Annie Sprinkle has made sexually oriented media and art for four decades. She worked as a prostitute and porn star for twenty years, was active in the 1980s sex positive feminist movement, and morphed into an internationally acclaimed performance artist. Today Sprinkle is exploring ecosex art, theory, practice and activism. She has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts and a doctorate in human sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Sponsored by IU Themester, Kinsey Institute, Michael Rosen Photography Lecture Series, Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and Department of Sociology.

Related Events:

Bloomington Sex Salon featuring Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
Thursday, September 10, 8 to 9 pm, The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut, Bloomington.

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens discuss ecosex with Dr. Debby Herbenick.

Screening of film Goodbye Gauley Mountain, featuring Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Friday, September 11, 8:30 pm, Woodburn 101, IU campus (part of Ryder Film Series).

IU Professor of Sociology Martin Weinberg--"Sex Work on the Streets of San Francisco: The Gendered  Structure and Experience of the Work"
October 14, 4 to 5 pm, location TBA.

Dr. Weinberg will give a public lecture in which he will discuss his experiences as a sex researcher and his extensive research on various forms of sex work. Dr. Weinberg joined the department in 1968 and for 13 years had a joint appointment as Senior Research Sociologist at the Kinsey Institute. During that time he conducted research on homosexuality and coauthored two books on the subject.

IU adjunct professor Dr. Stepanka Korytova: A noon-time talk and discussion about global human trafficking.
Date TBA, Kinsey Institute conference room.

Dr. Korytova has published Global Human Trafficking Bibliography 2000-2010, available on the Global Center website and in the library of The Kinsey Institute. Her current research focuses on the intersection of sex trafficking and domestic violence. Following the presentation, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the “For Love or Money” exhibition. All talks will be open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Other Exhibitions Featuring The Kinsey Institute Collection
These exhibits are hosted by other institutions
November 20, 2014 - September 20, 2015
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London,NW1 2BE, UK

The Wellcome Trust presents "The Institute of Sexology" Exhibition. With over 50 items from The Kinsey Institute art, artifacts, and archival collections, this comprehensive exhibit showcases the pioneers of the study of sex.

Some of these exhibitions are available to view online.



The Kinsey Institute Gallery showcases selected pieces from the Institute's extensive collection of art, artifacts, and photography. Past exhibitions include Sex Ed, Out of Russia, and Passionate Creatures.

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