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

Please note the Gallery will be closed the week of Thanksgiving, November 23-27.

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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, Dirk Hooper, Dave Levingston, M.C. Madrigal, Barbara Nitke, Len Prince, Michael Rosen, Dona Schwartz, Pam Spaulding, 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.

Related Events:

IU Professor of Sociology Martin Weinberg — "Sex Work on the Streets of San Francisco: The Gendered  Structure and Experience of the Work"
October 14, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Morrison 007.

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.

Following the presentation, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the “For Love or Money” exhibition.

IU Adjunct Faculty in International Studies Program Dr. Stepanka Korytova — "Taken and the Misrepresentation of Sex Trafficking"
November 30, 4:30-6:00 pm, Woodburn Hall 005.

Dr. Korytova has published Global Human Trafficking Bibliography 2000-2010, available on the Global Center website and in the library of The Kinsey Institute, and has an upcoming article co-written with MWH Director Toby Strout: “Meeting the Needs of Victims of Sex Trafficking: DV Victim Services as Appropriate Providers?” to be published in Domestic Violence Report in November 2015. Her current research focuses on the intersection of sex trafficking and domestic violence.

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

Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics
October 13 - November 14, 2015
The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
Opening reception October 13th, 6-9pm
Exhibition hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-7pm
Louise Lawrence assisting John Specht
Photo by A. Rodney Patterson

This photo from the Kinsey Institute archives is part of the new exhibit, Bring Your Own Body,opening at the Cooper Union Gallery in NYC

Bring Your Own Body presents the work of transgender artists and archives, from the institutional and sexological to the personal and liminal. Taking its title from an unpublished manuscript by intersex pioneer Lynn Harris, the exhibit historicizes the sexological and cultural imaginary of transgender through a curatorial exploration of the Kinsey Archives and the burgeoning movements for transgender expression from the turn of the 20th century. Read more about the exhibit »

The Wunderkammer: Curiosities in Indiana University Collections
October 23 - November 18, 2015
Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University
Opening Reception October 23rd, 6-8pm
Exhibit Website »
Wunderkammer Exhibit at the Grunwald Gallery includes items from the Kinsey Institute Collections

The Wunderkammer highlights the practice of private and institutional collecting of art, artifacts, specimens, and objects through the special collections on Indiana University’s campus that are not typically seen by the average visitor. Indiana University has a number of well-known collections on public display, including the IU Art Museum and the Lilly Library. But there are other collections that are often overlooked or unknown to most visitors, such as the Department of Biology’s Herbarium, The Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection, and the University Archives, among many others.
The public museums at Indiana University are easily accessible and often feature objects from their collections that are the most well known, valuable, and historically and culturally important. However, each collection also contains items that are unusual or non-traditional, which the public rarely sees. It is in the context of the Wunderkammer that we display these items, as a cabinet of curiosities similar to the traditional collections amassed by individuals in the sixteenth century. This tradition continued well into the nineteenth century, with individuals collecting art, natural history specimens, cultural artifacts and ephemera, and there is a resurgence of interest in this today.

This exhibit includes a collection of animal penis bones and a 1955 Relax-A-Cizor device from the Kinsey Institute Collections.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery. A noon talk will be presented by the curators and collection managers of several special collections on Friday, November 6 in the Grunwald Gallery.


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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