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For Love Or Money - September 11, 2015 - 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.
Related events include a public lecture on September 11th by sex educator Annie Sprinkle, and lectures by IU Professor Martin Weinberg and IU Adjunct Professor Dr. Stepanka Korytova (dates TBA).
Sex Educator & Ecosexual Activist Annie Sprinkle - September 11, 4:00-5:00pm, Location TBA
We are pleased to announce a public lecture by 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. The lecture is free.
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.
Hold That Pose: Erotic Imagery in 19th Century Photography - January 23 - July 31, 2015
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.
Secret Impressions: The Mass Production of Erotica Prior to the Camera - January 23 - July 31, 2015
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.
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