Kinsey Institute Exhibit Opens August 12 at Intuit in Chicago

Anonymous, Man Cross Dressing, Mid 20th Century. Graphite and colored pencil on paper. Donated in 1954.

Private Eyes: Selected Artwork from the Kinsey Institute Collection explores the unique characteristics of homemade erotic artifacts. The 16 one-of-a-kind items on display include drawings, paintings, prints, carved figures, and fabric crafts from the Kinsey Institute’s permanent collection of art. These artworks, spanning the naively playful to the transgressive, were intended for private consumption and created with specific individuals in mind. To date, these materials have received scant scholarly or sociological attention. The Kinsey Institute is pleased to be able to present this work at Intuit, with its legacy of displaying and contextualizing artwork that so rarely receives mainstream attention.

Private Eyes was curated by Blaise Cronin, Rudy Professor Emeritus of Information Science, Indiana University; Garry Milius, former curator, Kinsey Institute; Betsy Stirratt, director, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University Bloomington; and Rebecca Fasman, Kinsey Institute art collection consultant.

Private Eyes will be on view at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art from August 12 through October 2. A free reception for the exhibit was held on Friday, August 12, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
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The Chicago Reader offers a review of the exhibit: "The Kinsey Institute’s ‘Private Eyes’ goes public"

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