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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
Opens January 23, 2015

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
Opens January 23, 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.

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
10th Annual Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
May 15 - July 11, 2015
Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University

The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show includes artworks addressing gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure.

An opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on May 15 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University; this event is free and open to the public.

You can read more about the Juried Art Show, visit our webpage»

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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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.

Contact the curator, Catherine Johnson-Roehr.

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