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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.

Maps and Directions to the Institute are available.

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

Now Showing

Secret Impressions: The Mass Production of Erotica Prior to the Camera
January 23, 2015 - July 31

The Kinsey Institute art and library collections contain thousands of examples of erotic imagery produced over centuries by artists around the world. Secret Impressions presents a selection of lithographs, engravings, etchings and woodblock prints from the mid-19th century and earlier. These artworks from France, England, Italy, Germany, Holland, and Japan illustrate the means by which pornographic and erotic images were mass produced before the invention of the camera. Wealthy collectors could commission paintings, but others could purchase prints at a lower cost.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 23rd from 5-7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Hold That Pose: Erotic Imagery in 19th Century Photography
January 23, 2015 - July 31

Once photography was invented in the 1830s, it quickly became a popular medium for depictions of the nude figure, as well as erotic imagery.

The first photographic process to become widespread was the daguerreotype, which produced a unique image. With the invention of a process that used a negative to make multiple photographs, the mass production of erotic images became possible.

Hold That Pose features daguerreotypes, tintypes, albumen and gelatin silver prints, stereocards, and other examples of photographic processes that were used in the 19th century by professional photographers to produce and distribute erotic material.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 23rd from 5-7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Exhibitions
For Love Or Money
September 11, 2015 to February 12, 2016

In Fall 2015, the Kinsey Institute Gallery will feature the art exhibition For Love or Money as its contribution to the IU Themester. This year the theme is @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet. Our exhibition will include at least sixty artworks, artifacts, and print items from the Institute’s research collections that depict individuals involved in sex-related professions, such as prostitution, burlesque performance, exotic dancing, adult film production, nude and erotic modeling, peep shows, female impersonation, and drag performance.

The show will feature work by contemporary artists Barbara Nitke, Michael Rosen, Annie Sprinkle, Michael Grecco, Dave Levingston, Cammie Toloui, Len Prince, Herbert Ascherman, and Daniel Teoli, as well as vintage artworks, photographs, books and magazines. These varied items will offer a broad view of these professions, beyond the stereotype of sex-related work as purely victimization. These professions may be out of the mainstream, but they are a significant part of the American economy and culture.

The featured speaker for the opening of the show will be Annie Sprinkle, a well-known sex educator who has a varied employment history, having worked as a prostitute, feminist stripper, adult film actress, cable television host, adult magazine editor, writer, photographer, and sex film producer. 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. She now works as a performance artist and sex educator, and often visits college campuses to speak about her life and career, as well as her current work as an ecosexual activist.

Her talk will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm (room TBD) on Friday, September 11. In addition, she will be interviewed by IU assistant professor Debby Herbenick at the Bloomington Sex Salon on Thursday, September 10 at the Bishop at 8:00 pm.

Two additional events will be scheduled later in the semester:

IU Professor of Sociology Martin 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 (date and location TBA). 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.

A noon-time talk and discussion about global human trafficking by IU adjunct professor Dr. Stepanka Korytova will be held in the Kinsey Institute conference room (date TBA). She 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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