The Kinsey Institute, for research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
About the Institute Services and Events Library and Special Collections Research Program Graduate Education Publications Related Resources

[click to enlarge]
Services and Events
Visitor & Tours
Kinsey Confidential

KI Home

The Kinsey Institute Gallery

Wednesday - Friday, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Admission is free.
Closed on major holidays.

Maps and Directions

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

Now Showing
For Love Or Money

September 11, 2015 to May 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
December 10, 2015 to February 13, 2016
Glass Curtain Gallery
1104 S Wabash Ave, first floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Visit the Gallery website »

Following a successful run at The Cooper Union in New York City, this exhibition featuring Kinsey Institute art and archival material representing the transgender experience in America is now on display in Chicago at Columbia College gallery. Bring your Own Body includes more than 50 works from the transgender archives at the Kinsey Institute, including photographs, correspondence, drawings, ephemera, and print materials.

Homemade scrapbook from Louise Lawrence

These unique treasures, from anonymous amateur photographs and personal letters and diaries to original ‘standards of care’ in treatment of gender dysphoria, document the history of transgender in America. Many of these materials were collected by the pioneers of sex research - Alfred C. Kinsey, Harry Benjamin and John Money, each of whom made seminal contributions to the understanding of gender identity.

Several individuals are chronicled in the exhibition, including Christine Jorgensen, who inspired such headlines as “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty: Operations Transform Bronx Youth” when she returned from having sex reassignment surgery in Denmark in 1952. There is a photo of the elegant and relaxed Jorgenson, during a visit with Dr. Kinsey in 1953. Self-identified transsexual Louise Lawrence, who corresponded regularly with Dr. Kinsey about gender, left her scrapbooks and photo albums, chronicling her everyday life, to the Institute.

Christine Jorgensen
Christine Jorgensen, on a visit to the Institute for Sex Research (Kinsey Institute) in 1953.
Photo by William Dellenback

The show also highlights what Kinsey called the “visual data” from the “transvestite” photography collection dating from 1946.

Gwen Saunders, anonymous photographer, the Harry Benjamin Archive, Kinsey Archives.
Gwen Saunders, anonymous photographer, from the Harry Benjamin Archives, Kinsey Archives.

Transvestism and the Law pamphlet.
Transvestism and the Law pamphlet from the Harry Benjamin Collection in the Kinsey Archives.

Along with the archival displays, Bring Your Own Body features sixteen contemporary transgender artists who are creating new narratives and genealogies that reflect the multiplicity of transgender experiences. A new artwork by Chris Vargas uses materials from the Kinsey archives to create an imaginary Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art - a collage and digital projection exploring the news media headlines about gender transformation from the 1940s, 50s, 60s to today. The juxtaposition of the contemporary art with the earlier Kinsey materials tell a complex story of trans lives lived privately and in the public eye.

Jeanne Vaccaro, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University and Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute, curated the show with Stamatina Gregory, Associate Dean of The Cooper Union.

Bring Your Own Body opens December 10 runs through February 13, 2016.

Glass Curtain Gallery is at 1104 S Wabash Ave, first floor, Chicago, IL 60605



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.

Contribute to the Arts, Artifacts, & Photography Collections Today
[Give Now!]
Support the Gallery

Help support the Kinsey Institute Art, Artifact and Photography Collection and The Kinsey Institute Gallery through donations or by adopting a work of art for upcoming exhibits.

[Alliance of Bloomington Museums logo]

The Kinsey Institute is now on Facebook  Get KI News to your favorite news reader  Follow The Kinsey Institute on Twitter!  Watch Kinsey Institute videos on YouTube   Circle us on Google Plus for the latest news
KI News Library Catalog Support the KI Site Index Search
© 1996-, Kinsey Institute / Indiana University