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Kinsey Collections on Tour

The Kinsey Institute is pleased to allow galleries and art museums the opportunity to show pieces from the Kinsey Collections which complement their holdings and complete their exhibit. The following art exhibitions currently on display feature one or more pieces from the Kinsey Collections.

Atlantis 1, 1944
Offset lithograph

Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
February 26 – June 5, 2011
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Carnegie Museum of Art presents the first exhibition in more than 50 years devoted to the visionary art of the brilliant and talented Andrey Avinoff (1884–1949), who believed that beauty will save the world. His exotic story, from the court of the Russian tsar to the mountains of Tibet, from an upstate New York dairy farm to the laboratories of Pittsburgh and the salons of Park Avenue, has never been told in full. Best known for his scientific research on butterflies, Avinoff created a rich body of weird, fantastical, symbolist watercolor paintings that express ideas about metamorphosis, transience, and change.

The exhibit includes 8 artworks by Andrey Avinoff from the Kinsey Institute art collection. The exhibit catalog Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty is available in the Carnegie Museum store, and includes some of images from the Kinsey Institute art collection.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
May 21 – September 18, 2011
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Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects.

The exhibit features one photograph from the Kinsey Documentary Collection. The exhibit was previously on display at The Tate Museum, London, UK from May 28 - October 3, 2010, and at the San Francisco Museum of Art from October 30, 2010 - April 17, 2011.

Out in Chicago

Chicago History Museum, Chicago
May 21, 2011
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Discover 150 years of urban history through the lens of gender, sexuality, and nonconformity. This exhibition uses four themes—individuals and their bodies, family and home, communities, and political action—to present the city’s diverse LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) history. Out in Chicago is part of a continuing series about the city’s communities.

Items from the Kinsey Collection appearing in Out in Chicago include an Alfred Kinsey letter written on Chicago hotel stationery, an original drawing by Samuel Steward, and two of Steward’s cards for his Chicago tattoo business.


Pictura Gallery
Jun 3 - July 30, 2011
Bloomington, IN
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The exhibit includes prints from the Kinsey Collections.

The Secret Historian

The Museum of Sex in New York is planning an exhibit on The Secret Historian, the recently published biography of Samuel Steward by author Justin Spring. Items from the Kinsey Collection appearing in the exhibit will include photographs and a watercolor album, as well as correspondence between Alfred Kinsey and Samuel Steward.

The exhibit is scheduled to open in July, 2011. You may look for updated information on the Musem of Sex website »


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