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Scroll down to view information about past exhibitions at the Kinsey Gallery. Some of these exhibitions are available online. You can also find information about shows at other galleries which featured artwork and artifacts from the Kinsey Institute Collections.

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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.

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»

Undress Me: A Peek at 19th and 20th Century Undergarments
September 19 - December 23
Anonymous photographer, France
Woman in undergarment, c.1920
Photograph in postcard format

This exhibit presents a selection of vintage photographs of women in lingerie from the Kinsey Institute art collection paired with corsets, slips, brassieres, and other articles of clothing on loan from the Sage Collection

To learn more about the Sage Collection at Indiana University, go to:

The Taste of Seduction
September 19 - December 23
Maureen Kaveney
Rosemary & Apples, A Study in Aphrodisiacs, 2012
Color photograph

The Taste of Seduction examines the rich tradition of linking the enjoyment of food and drink with sex and arousal, through works of art and cultural artifacts in the Kinsey Institute collections.. This exhibit will include approximately fifty artworks, artifacts, and print materials from The Kinsey Institute’s research collections that relate to the consumption of food and drink and its association with sexual desire, romantic love and seduction. 

Featured artists will include Patti Beadles, Lynn Bianchi, Gili Chen, Debranne Cingari, David Deaubrey, Anthony Droege, Beryl Fine, Gene Greger, Bill Haigwood, Naomi Harris, Danielle Kaltz, Maureen Kaveney, Flounder Lee, R. Leftwick, Henri Monnier, April Renae, Mark Sawrie, Sam Steward, and Marie Weichman.

Offered in conjunction with IU Themester 2014: Eat, Drink, Think.

Opening Event: September 19th from 4:30-7:00. The Taste of Seduction: Arousing Desire with Edible Aphrodisiacs, an interactive event allowing visitors to taste and explore foods and non-alcoholic beverages associated with passion, romance, and stimulation.

October 10 - November 22, 2014
Grunwald Gallery, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University
John Money doodle
Embrace, 1982, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Opening reception on Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00.

The photographs in this exhibition are the result of a 2011 donation from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Philip Gefter will speak just before the opening on October 10th on “Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Wagstaff and the Gay Sensibility." (See Gefter's NYTimes article, "The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe.") Gefter's book, Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, will be published in November.Oct 10, 5:00 pm, Fine Arts 102.

In an adjoining gallery, visit Beyond Mapplethorpe: Selections from The Kinsey Institute. This exhibition features prints by photographers who either influenced Robert Mapplethorpe's work or were his contemporaries in the 1970s and 1980s. The show contains more than twenty photographs by George Platt Lynes, Herb Ritts, Len Prince, Arthur Tress, Tom Bianchi, and Bettina Rheims. Although these images may not be as overtly sexual as some of Mapplethorpe's photographs, they reveal the same interest in exploring and expanding the artistic possibilities of the human figure.

On Oct. 24, Andrew Moisey will present the gallery talk "Robert Mapplethorpe: Pleasure and Pain" at noon in the Grunwald Gallery. Moisey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.

The Mapplethorpe exhibition and corresponding programs have been made possible by The College Arts and Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Grunwald Gallery of Art, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, all at Indiana University; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York; Michael E. Rudder of California; and other private donors. Malcolm Daniel, photography curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Claude Cookman, professor emeritus of the School of Journalism at IU, were instrumental in acquiring these gifts to The Kinsey Institute from the Mapplethorpe Foundation.

IU Press Release

May 16 - July 12, 2014

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

Visit the 2014 Juried Art Show webpage »

Creative Minds
April 11 - September 12, 2014
John Money doodle

Creative Minds features work produced by artists whose primary professions are as sex researchers, physicians, or scientists. This exhibition in the main gallery features drawings, glass art, photographs, sculpture and video by Robert Latou Dickinson, Rachel Liebert, John Money, Jeffrey Rothenberg, Andreas Schneider, Jill Bolte Taylor, David Teplica, Leonore Tiefer, Michael P. Wenzler, and Martin Weinberg. 

Opening reception: Friday, April 11, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, The Kinsey Institute, Morrison Hall.

Image: John Money, 1970, from his doodle series.

Artistic Types: Text in Visual Art
April 11 - September 12, 2014
James Murray

On display in the Corridor Gallery is Artistic Types: Text in Visual Art. This show offers a selection of artworks in which words or the alphabet play a significant role in the composition.

The exhibition features a wide range of media, from vintage photographs to contemporary pieces by Herbert Ascherman, Heather Ault, Michael Bennett, Filiz Cicek, Gatis Cirulis, David Deaubrey, Joe De Hoyos, John Gutoskey, Linda Hesh, Tom Hill, Steven Driscoll Hixson, Paul McCormick, James Murray, elin o’Hara, slavick and Mark Addison Smith.

The Right to Read: Censorship and the Books of Grove Press
February 3 - 28, 2014
Poster design by Joseph Kenshur

The Kinsey Institute is pleased to be included in "The Burroughs Century," a 5-day festival in Bloomington from February 5 through 9, which will examine and celebrate the legacy of William S. Burroughs, one of the principal figures of the Beat Generation and a ground-breaking American writer and artist.

The Right to Read examines the pivotal role that Grove Press, which published Burroughs' Naked Lunch and many other controversial books, played in the censorship battles of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

The Kinsey Institute Library houses hundreds of books and serials issued by Grove Press, an independent publishing house in New York. Publisher Barney Rosset did not hesitate to challenge long-standing obscenity laws in his quest to bring some of the 19th and 20th century's most intriguing literature to American readers. In addition to the work of Burroughs, Grove Press was the first to legally publish Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, as well as the works of Henry Miller, Jean Genet, and anonymous Victorian authors of erotic literature.

List of items included in the Right to Read exhibition (PDF)

January 24 - April 4, 2014
Poster design by Garry Milius.

Flora presents a selection of photographs, prints, paintings, sculptures and books from the permanent collection that feature plant or landscape imagery. Artists include Grace Benedict, Micah Beree, Jeff Crisman, JD Dragan, Leanne Ellis, Tim Forcade, Laura Hartford, Václav Jirásek, Hugh Jones, Dave Levingston, Carolyn Quan, Jennifer Ray, Janna Stern, Jordan Tate, Arthur Tress, Linda Troeller, and Sam Wang.

Opening reception: Friday, January 24, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, The Kinsey Institute, Morrison Hall. The reception is free, and refreshments will be provided.

Beauty and the Beast: The Erotic Art of Ian Hornak
January 24 - April 4, 2014

Beauty and the Beast: The Erotic Art of Ian Hornak showcases a major gift of drawings and paintings from the estate of 20th century American artist Ian Hornak. Hornak (1944 - 2002) lived and worked in New York, where he was one of the founding artists of the Photorealist and the Hyperrealist movements. He is now recognized as one of the preeminent representational artists of his generation. Although best known for his landscapes, Hornak’s early work from the late 1960s often focused on the nude figure, at times combining human and animal anatomy.

Opening reception: Friday, January 24, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, The Kinsey Institute, Morrison Hall. The lecture and reception are free, and refreshments will be provided.

Lecture: “The Life, Work and Legacy of Ian Hornak”: Eric Ian Hornak Spoutz (executive director of the Ian Hornak Foundation) will discuss the art and career of Ian Hornak and his association with Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and other major 20th century artists.

September 6, 2013 - January 15, 2014
Left: Hand-colored postcard from an unknown French photographer, c. 1920.
Right: Laura Abel, Untitled #37 A.K.A. Wolfgang, 1998.

This exhibition brought together older artworks from the collection and recent acquisitions to explore the connection between the work of contemporary artists and artwork and imagery from past eras. The exhibit was a contribution to the Fall 2013 Themester: “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World."

Photographer Barbara Nitke spoke at Indiana University on October 10 in conjunction with Past/Present.

Watch a walk-through video of the exhibit narrated by Kinsey Institute Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr on YouTube. Film produced by Jessica Rosen.

La Vida Sexual
September 6, 2013 - January 15, 2014

La Vida Sexual presents artwork from Latin America or produced by artists originally from Latin American countries.  Included in this show are drawings and watercolors by Cuban-born artist Emilio Sanchez and works by Argentinian artists Leonor Fini and Leandro Natale, as well as a selection of Spanish language publications fromthe Kinsey Institute Library.

This exhibition was offered in celebration of the 40th anniversary of La Casa, the Latino Cultural Center at Indiana University. 

IU professor Anke Birkenmaier delivered a lecture titled “Emilio Sanchez’s Visions of Light: Caribbean Architecture Reimagined” at the Indiana University Art Museum on Wednesday, October 2.

Kinsey Institute 8th Annual Juried Art Show
May 17 - July 13, 2013

Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University
Visit the 2013 Juried Art Show exhibit website »

The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show is an annual juried art competition of artworks addressing gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure.

Face Value: Portraits from The Kinsey Institute
April 12 - August 30, 2013

Face Value: Portraits from The Kinsey Institute explores the various ways that artists utilize the portrait. This exhibition in the main gallery includes contemporary and vintage photographs, as well as painting, prints, and sculpture.

One of the featured artists, renowned photographer Judy Dater, lectured about her work and caree ron opening night. For details regarding the lecture, visit: the Facebook Event page.

Other artists in the exhibit include Boris Artzybasheff, Herbert Ascherman, Andrey Avinoff, John Bentham, Niki Berg, Richard A. Davis, František Drtikol, Niki Grangruth & James Kinser, Michael Grecco, Chas Ray Krider, George Platt Lynes, Kristin Lyseggen, Chloé Meynier, Michael Miksche, Arnold Newman, Dianora Niccolini, Erwin Olaf, Irving Penn, Pierre et Gilles, Ivan Pinkava, Len Prince, Herb Ritts, Gavin Laurence Rouille, Michael Shindler, Sarah Sudhoff, Ryudai Takano, J.D. Talasek, Eric Trefelner, Doris Ulmann, Shen Wei, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Frank Yamrus.

Public reception was held on Friday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 pm at The Kinsey Institute, Morrison Hall.

Casual Encounters
April 12 - August 30, 2013

Casual Encounters, in the institute's Corridor Gallery, takes a look at intimate yet anonymous sexual interactions, as depicted by European and American artists from the 18th century to the present day.

In addition to many anonymous works, the exhibition includes photographs by Evan Baden, Nelson Bakerman, George Booth, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vincent Cianni, Bill Haigwood, Jennifer Ray, Mark Addison Smith, Pam Spaulding, Cammie Toloui, and VATO, drawings by Marc DeBauch, Michael Miksche, and Christopher Troutman, prints by Paul Cadmus, Dominique Vivant Denon, and Michel Fingesten, and mixed media collages by Robb Stone.

Naked Spaces: Architecture in Art
from the Kinsey Institute Collection
Image © Carl Streller.
January 18 - April 5, 2013

Drawing on the Kinsey Institute's permanent collections, Naked Spaces investigates the ways artists manipulate architectural representation to communicate ideas about sex, gender, and the erotic. Architectural form is used by artists working around the globe--and across time--as an invitation to view, but also as a plea for privacy; architectural space is used a framing device as well as screen. The diversity of artworks included in the exhibition creates an opportunity for viewers to consider the role played by the built environment in the construction of their own private and public identities.

The exhibition features works by Herbert Ascherman, Bruce Barnes, Franz von Bayros, David Bekker, Tom Bianchi, Edouard Chimot, Ralph Nicholas Chubb, Vincent Cianni, Dominque Vivant Denon, Michael Fingesten, Edie Fake, D. Keith Furon, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Suzuki Harunobu, Walter Sigmund Hempel, Clifford Raven Ingram, Toby Kaufmann, Max Kislinger, Rita Koehler, Clarence John Laughlin, Lehnert & Landrock, Richard Lux, Michael Miksche, Marcantonio Raimondi, Anne Roecklein, Félicien Rops, Emilio Sanchez, Ronald Searle, Carl Streller, Arthur Tress, Spencer Tunick, and Dirk Vellert.

Guest curator Susan Johnson-Roehr, Ph.D., is an architectural historian at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners
September 28 - December 20, 2012

Since the invention of photography, the camera has been turned towards loved ones to document birthdays, vacations, graduations, and other significant events. For each of the couples included in this exhibition, however, photography is not a method of simply recording events but a means of exploring their partnership through the creation of art.

While the photographs serve as documents of a couple’s life together, they also reveal the trust and respect that each partner has for the other. A Place Aside, organized by guest curator Garrett Hansen, features images from nine contemporary photographers working in the United States, China, Brazil, and Japan: Jeff Moerchen, Alexis Culver, Audim Culver, Gustavo Gomes, Yuhki Touyama, Fabien Seguin, Julie Barnofski, Garrett Hansen, and Tanya Bezreh.

Lecture: Closer: Weston, Callahan, and Cameron Photograph their Partners, Friday, September 28, 12:15–1 pm, Indiana University Art Museum. Garrett Hansen, photographer and guest curator of A Place Aside, will discuss the role of relationships in the work of three photographers represented in the IU Art Museum’s collection and their influence on his own work. Prints by Edward Weston, Harry Callahan, and Julia Margaret Cameron are included in Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers, on view at the IU Art Museum from September 11– December 16, 2012. Garrett Hansen’s photographs of his wife, Ellen, are included in A Place Aside.

Gender Expressions
September 28 - December 20, 2012

Gender Expressions uses contemporary photographs, fine art prints, and other materials from the Kinsey Institute collections to illustrate the various ways that people express their gender identity or challenge societal expectations about gender roles. A selection of magazines, books, newspaper clippings, and other materials from the library and archives takes a look at transgender history in the United States.

Artists represented in this exhibition include Mariette Pathy Allen, Jess Anthony, Herbert Ascherman, Mia Beach, Heather Christoffer, Jess T. Dugan, Leonor Fini, Wilhelm von Gloeden, Danielle C. Head, Hans van der Kamp, Vivienne Maricevic, Ohm Phanphiroj, Len Prince, Carson Rader, Sarah Taavola, Cara Lee Wade, Martin Weinberg, Jessica Anthony, Dennis Chamberlin, Michael Grecco, Linda Hesh, and Herb Ritts.

Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from The Kinsey Institute Collections
Ephemeral Ink show poster featuring 'Maryanne, IN' by Jeff Crisman.
Ephemeral Ink show poster, featuring 'Maryanne, IN' by Jeff Crisman.
July 9 - September 21, 2012

Ephemeral Ink features depictions of tattoos and tattooing that provide a glimpse into the evolution of tattooing style and technique over the course of a hundred years. Individuals from many walks of life and of all ages have had their bodies marked with needle and ink, for both personal and professional reasons. These marks change through time as bodies age, inks change, and tattoos are added to, covered up, or otherwise altered. Vintage and contemporary photographs in Ephemeral Ink allow us to see people’s tattoos at particular moments in their lives.

Materials in the exhibition include flash art, images of tattoos by notable artists Les Skuse and Bert Grimm, artwork by Utagawa Kunisada, Alberto Martini, Kirk Richard Smith, and Samuel Steward, and a selection of text materials and ephemera from the Kinsey Institute library. There are also works by anonymous and known fine art photographers, including Herbert Ascherman, Jeff Crisman, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Grecco, Chas Ray Krider, June Yong Lee, George Platt Lynes, Dianora Niccolini, Len Prince, Rahul A. Saha, Michele Serchuk, Tom Stio, and Michael Wenzler.

The exhibition was curated by Amy Tims, a historian and librarian who recently graduated from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science. A version of this show was on exhibit at Marian University, February 20 - March 23, 2012.

Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2012
Juried Art Show 2012 will be on exhibit May 18 to July 21, 2012 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art.
May 18 through July 21, 2012

Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University
Visit the 2012 Juried Art Show exhibit website »

The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show includes artworks addressing gender issues, sexuality, reproduction, sexual politics, romantic relationships, and the human figure. In 2012, artworks have been selected from among the applicants by a panel of three jurors: Louise Lippincott, Curator of Fine Arts at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Betsy Stirratt, Director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University, and Catherine Johnson-Roehr, Curator of Art, Artifacts and Photographs at The Kinsey Institute.

All works selected by the jurors will be included in The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2012 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, May 18 to July 21. Prizes for "Best in Show" and "Gallery Visitors' Choice" were awarded at the opening reception at the Grunwald Gallery of Art on May 18, 2012.

For more information about the artworks, opening night events, and visiting Bloomington to see the show, visit the Juried Art Show page »

Artworks from previous juried shows may be viewed by following the links below:

Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze
Juried Art Show 2012 will be on exhibit May 18 to July 21, 2012 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art.
Eric with Flowers, by Laura Hartford.
April 13 - June 29, 2012

Man as Object presents works of art that examine the visibility of men and masculinity from female/feminist/transgender perspectives. By surveying the ways men are represented in contemporary art by women, this exhibition opens new dialogues regarding the myriad of ways women view men in today's culture and society. It marks an important development in feminist art, which has long concentrated on images of women meant to challenge stereotypical notions of womanhood. A gallery filled with works depicting men, created by women, actively resists the prevalence of the male gaze in art. This traveling exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of artworks by female artists depicting men that is drawn from the permanent collection of The Kinsey Institute.

Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze was organized by Karen Gutfreund, Priscilla Otani, and Brenda Oelbaum for the Women’s Caucus for Art with Tanya Augsburg, Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University, as Juror. Prior to coming to Bloomington, it was shown at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.

An opening reception was held at The Kinsey Institute on Friday, April 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A panel discussion, A Dialog with the Artists on Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze, was held prior to the show opening, April 13, from 4:00 to 5:00, in Morrison 007 (ground floor).

Love and War
Anonymous photographer, United States
Two sailors kissing, c.1941-45
Gelatin silver print
January 20 through April 6, 2012

This timely exhibition, drawn entirely from the Kinsey Institute’s art and library collections, features visual material from the American Civil War to the 21st century. Many of the items represent popular culture in America during World War II, as Alfred Kinsey and his colleagues spent those years traveling around the country collecting a variety of research material as well as data for their study of human sexual behavior. Cartoons, propaganda leaflets, postcards, photographs, magazines, pin-up calendars, drawings, prints, and a variety of novelty objects are featured, as well as a selection of contemporary images by Garrie Maguire, Len Prince, Herbert Ascherman, and other photographers whose work addresses war in the modern age.

Opening reception was held Friday, January 20, The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Morrison Hall.

This exhibit was also open to the public during the Kinsey Institute Open House, Saturday, January 28. This public event was offered in conjunction with the 2012 PRIDE Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington.

ALSO: Read When Sex and War Meet - Featuring images from the exhibit and an interview with Catherine Johnson-Roehr, produced by WFIU.

The Photographs of Len Prince
Untitled, 1991
October 21 - December 21, 2011

Len Prince is a New York-based photographer who has produced an impressive range of work in a career that spans more than four decades. He excels at portraiture and is especially known for his work with celebrities such as Debbie Harry, Eddie Izzard, and Drew Barrymore. His striking photographs of the nude figure display his skill with composition and lighting.

Prince has recently completed a major body of work titled Self Possessed, for which he collaborated with Jessie Mann, the daughter and model of noted photographer Sally Mann. The Kinsey Institute is fortunate to have received a major gift of more than 225 Len Prince photographs from his long-time patron William Zewadski. This exhibition features a representative selection of prints from this donation.

Prince - Mazur
Debi M with Barry, 1991

Opening reception: Friday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 pm. Artist’s talk by Len Prince was held Friday, October 21.

A 148-page catalog illustrated with more than 100 b &w and color photographs from the Len Prince collection is available in both hardcover and softcover editions:

Read more about Len Prince in Kinsey Today, and find his interview with Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr

Sixth Annual Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
2011 Juried Art Show will be on exhibit May 20 to July 30, 2011 at the School of Fine Arts Gallery.
May 20 through July 30, 2011
Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery
Visit the 2011 Juried Art Show page »

Artworks from previous juried shows may be viewed by following the links below:

High-quality prints of the 2011 Juried Art Show poster designed by Lisa Kinsey Weber are now available for purchase. You can find more details here »

Book cover for 'Jet Set Switch'
Book cover
Jet Set Switch published 1966.
April 8 - July 29, August 8-September 2, 2011

Storytellers provides a rare opportunity for gallery visitors to view a wide range of material pulled from The Kinsey Institute’s extensive library collection, with an intriguing selection of pulp fiction paperbacks from the 1960s, illustrated erotic novels, underground comic books, Japanese pillow books, and other narrative texts. Story-driven artworks are also included in the exhibition, ranging from vintage photographs, prints, watercolors, and drawings by anonymous and known artists to a series of Judy Chicago lithographs and other contemporary pieces.

Opening reception was held on Friday, April 8, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, The Kinsey Institute Gallery.

You can also see selected images from Storytellers in our online gallery at, courtesy of LiveBooks.

As We See Them: Exotic and Erotic Images from Modern Alternative Process Photographers
Charles West: KWRV2 #1, 2007, Cyanotype.
Charles West
KWRV2 #1, 2007
January 21 through April 1, 2011

Organized by guest curators Herbert Ascherman Jr. and Jeannette Palsa, As We See Them presents the work of eleven artists who are using some of the earliest photographic processes to create contemporary images dealing with sexuality and the human figure. This diverse group of photographers has put aside digital technology to explore the possibilities of these 19th century processes. Featured works include cyanotypes by Patrick Alt and Charles West, platinum-palladium prints by Herbert Ascherman Jr. and Jeannette Palsa, gum bichromate prints by Laurent Benaïm, photogravures by Constantine Gedal, tintypes by Cynthia Greig, ambrotypes by Ed Ross, daguerreotypes by Charlie Schreiner, and aluminum-types by Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi.

Featured artist and guest curator Herbert Ascherman Jr., presented a lecture: “Modern Vision, Classic Methods” on Thursday, February 3rd.

'Gravid Torso' by Tom Stio.
Tom Stio
Gravid Torso, 2005
Archival inkjet print; 2006.8.8.
Nature & Nurture: Exploring Human Reproduction from Pregnancy through Early Childhood
September 10 - December 22, 2010
January 30 - March 2, 2012 at the IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery, Indianapolis

Nature & Nurture is the first exhibition from The Kinsey Institute to highlight its collection of fine art, books, and other materials on the subject of human reproduction. The exhibition uses fine art photographs, paintings, prints, sculptures, and books to illustrate pregnancy, birth, child rearing, development of gender identity, and parent/child relationships.

Featured artists include Deena des Rioux, David Teplica, Yara Ferreira Clüver, Matthew Weir, Osamu James Nakagawa, Tom Stio, Michael Wenzler, Les Sattinger, Jeffrey Rothenberg, George Platt Lynes, Leonor Fini, Julie James, Grace Benedict, Brad Miller, Kim Murak, Herbert Ascherman, Cara Judea Alhadeff, Niki Grangruth, Michael Rosen, Ani Garrick, Angela N. Hunt, Arkady Tzykun, Garry Trudeau, Dovrat Amsily-Barak, Karl Gustav Kroeppler, Mariette Pathy Allen, Judy Dater, Mia Beach, JeongMee Yoon, Shen Wei, John Lucas, and video artists Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook.

Featured artist Yara Ferreira Clüver presented a lecture, The Female Body Transformed Through Experience: Personal Truth, Public Controversy, on Friday, September 10.

Édouard Chimot (1880-1959), France
Untitled, mid 20th century
Donated in 2002
A Collector's Vision
April 9 - September 3, 2010

In 2002, an anonymous American collector generously donated more than six hundred original artworks to The Kinsey Institute. This exhibition features more than 50 pieces from this significant collection, including paintings, prints, and drawings by known and anonymous European artists working in the late eighteenth through mid-twentieth century.

Unlike most Kinsey Institute exhibitions that display artworks acquired from a wide variety of sources, this show provides visitors with the opportunity to view a unique collection that reflects the connoisseurship of a single individual. Featured artists include Suzanne Ballivet, Franz von Bayros, Louis-André Berthommé de Saint-André, Charles Chaplin, Édouard Chimot, Jean Cocteau, Dominique Vivant Denon, Jules Pascin, and Fédor Rojankovsky (aka Rojan).

'Sheela-na-gig' by Ann Piper appears in the 2010 KI Juried Art Show
Ann Piper
oil on canvas.
Fifth Annual Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
May 28 - July 30, 2010
SoFA Gallery, Indiana University
Opening Reception, May 28th, 7-9 pm

Visit the exhibit website »

Featuring 100 artworks chosen from among 685 submissions, the Juried Art Show includes photographs, paintings, sculpture and mixed media explorations of topics of sexuality, gender identity, romantic relationships, and sexual politics.

Jurors for the 2010 Juried Art Show are Lisa D. Freiman, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Betsy Stirratt, Director of School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University; and Garry Milius, Associate Curator at The Kinsey Institute.

Visit the exhibit website to view artworks, hear an interview with the curators, and discover the winners of Best in Show and The People's Choice awards.

Poster for 'Private Eyes: Amateur Art from The Kinsey Institute', featuring ink drawing of topless woman on brown paper bag
Poster for Private Eyes: Amateur Art from The Kinsey Institute, featuring ink drawing of topless woman on brown paper bag. Click for larger version.
Private Eyes: Amateur Art from The Kinsey Institute Collections
January 22 - April 2, 2010

Private Eyes: Amateur Art from The Kinsey Institute Collection explores the unique characteristics of homemade erotic artifacts. These one-of-a-kind items include drawings, paintings, carved figures, handmade cards, scrapbooks, and altered coins from The Kinsey Institute’s permanent collection of art.

These “artworks” were intended for private consumption and created with specific individuals in mind, unlike mass-produced, commercially distributed pornography. To date, these materials have received scant scholarly or sociological attention, and The Kinsey Institute is displaying the majority of these items for the first time.

This exhibition was curated by Betsy Stirratt, Director of the IU School of Fine Arts Gallery; Blaise Cronin, Dean and Rudy Professor of Information Science, IU School of Library and Information Science; and Garry Milius, Associate Curator at The Kinsey Institute.

More information about this show is available here »

Photograph of woman's body with arms curled up to cover her abdomen and her chest.
J.D. Talasek
Untitled, 2000
Gelatin silver print.
The Shape of Us
September 25, 2009 - December 24, 2009

This exhibition explored diversity and the human body, through a display of artistic representations from various cultures and time periods.

There was an opening reception on Friday, September 25th, 5-7 pm in the Kinsey Institute Gallery, Morrison Hall, 2nd floor. Photographer Michele Serchuk presented a guest lecture at 4pm, in Woodburn Hall 120, titled "Chasing the Erotic Portrait."

Wesley Harvey
Lady-Pot, 2006
Wood-fired porcelain
Contemporary Art at The Kinsey Institute
July 13, 2009 - September 18, 2009

This exhibition featured works from the collections of The Kinsey Institute by modern artists exploring a wide range of media, including photography, painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

artwork from 2009 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
Sarah Taavola
Will You Malign Me? (Part 2), 2009
Digital photograph
Fourth Annual Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show
May 29 - July 30, 2009
Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
1201 E 7th St., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Visit the exhibit website »

The fourth annual Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show featured more than 100 artworks in a wide range of media created by contemporary artists from across the U.S. and the world. SOFA Gallery.

Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan
February 20 through July 2, 2009
Opening Reception
Friday, February 20, 2009, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Kinsey Institute Gallery

Eros in Asia is the first exhibition from The Kinsey Institute to highlight its extensive collection of erotic artwork from across the Asian continent.  In the 1940s and 1950s, Dr. Alfred Kinsey actively collected visual materials from around the world, to enable him to study sexual behavior and attitudes.

Since that time the institute has continued to acquire paintings, prints, illustrated books, sculptures, and art objects from Asian countries, each of which has its unique artistic traditions and genres for the visual representation of sexuality. Although the majority of the artworks in the exhibition were produced in China, India, Iran, and Japan, the countries of Turkey, Mongolia, and Burma are also represented in the show.

"Three Wheelers" by Thor (Samuel Steward), 1954, Ink on paper
Thor (Samuel Steward), United States
Three Wheelers, c.1954
Ink on paper
Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall
October 24, 2008 - February 14, 2009
Opening Reception
Friday October 24, 5:00 to 7:00
Kinsey Institute Gallery

Selected images from this exhibit are available online at Choose "Pre-Revolutionary Queer" from the "Exhibitions" menu.

This exhibition brings together a diverse collection of artwork, photographs, newsletters, magazines, and other materials from the Kinsey Institute archives documenting the existence of a vibrant but largely underground gay culture prior to the start of the modern gay rights movement in the late 1960s.

Featured artists include Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Etienne (Dom Orejudos), George Platt Lynes, Mike Miksche, and Sam Steward.

Hustler Magazine Cover, November 1980 "Special Political Issue"
Hustler Magazine, United States
November 1980
Sex and Presidential Politics
September 26, 2008 - January 23, 2009
Opening Reception
Friday September 26, 5:00 to 7:00
Kinsey Institute Gallery
Reception sponsored by Indiana University Libraries

Just in time for the upcoming elections, The Kinsey Institute offers a glimpse of presidential politics viewed by adult and underground media sources from its unique and rich collections. Featuring magazines, tabloids, newspapers and newsletters from the later half of the 20th century, this exhibit reveals a different perspective on the elections - sometime humorous, and often out of sight from that of the mainstream media. "Sex and Presidential Politics" is part of the Indiana University Libraries’ “Politics and Presidents: A Month-Long Celebration of Archives and Special Collections.”

You can read more about this exhibit in the Fall 2008 edition of Kinsey Today.

'Infinitely variable': Nude and Erotic Photographs by Herbert Ascherman Jr.
Herbert Ascherman Jr., United States
Hermes, from The Mythology Series
Platinum print
August 15 - October 17, 2008
Opening Reception
Friday September 12, 5:00 to 7:00
Kinsey Institute Gallery

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Herbert Ascherman has been working as a fine art photographer for more than forty years, yet the photographs in this exhibition come from a body of personal work previously known to only a small group of friends and collectors. Selected from more than 400 original prints in the Institute’s permanent collection, these photographs represent Ascherman’s four decades of exploring human sexuality in all its fascinating variety.

The curator of this exhibition is Claude Cookman, an historian of photography and a professor in the School of Journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington. He says of Ascherman's work: “Based on the evidence in these photographs, people feel absolutely comfortable engaging in sexual play in front of Ascherman’s camera. From bondage to pony games, from the domination scene to expressive dance, as individuals, couples and groups, they abandon all inhibitions with this photographer. The result is a refreshing naturalism, shared not just with the photographer but all who feast on these images.”

Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2008
Third Annual Juried Art Show 2008
April 11 - July 25, 2008
Opening Reception
Friday, April 11, 5:00 to 7:00
The Kinsey Institute Gallery

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This multi-media show featured photographs, sculptures, paintings, textiles, and mixed media pieces submitted by artists from across the United States, Canada and England. The nearly eighty contemporary artworks explored a range of topics including eroticism, body image, motherhood, gender, and the human figure.

Jurors for the exhibit were photographer Herbert Ascherman, Kinsey Institute art curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr, and gallery owner Pet Silvia.

[Before by Hogarth, 1894]
William Hogarth
Before, 1736
Women of Pleasure
January 18-April 4, 2008
Opening Reception
Friday, January 18, 5:00 to 8:00
The Kinsey Institute Gallery

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Women of Pleasure examined the depiction of women in 18th and 19th century European erotic art and literature, using paintings, engravings, etchings, photographs, artifacts, books, and other materials from the Institute's collections.

Dana Rabin, Ph.D., a historian from the University of Illinois, presented a lecture titled "The Sorceress, the Servant, and the Stays: Sexuality, Race, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Britain, " on Friday, February 22, 2008. Following the lecture, the curator of the exhibit gave a brief talk in the gallery (2nd floor, Morrison Hall). This event was offered as part of ArtsWeek 2008.

Virtual Connections panel
iGuy (
January 8-15, 2008
Opening Reception
Friday, January 11, 5:00 to 8:00
The Kinsey Institute Gallery

The Kinsey Institute Gallery presents a short-term exhibition by artist Robb Stone. iGuy ( features a collection of photo and text-based collage that explore the erotic world of online social networking. All artworks were made specifically for this show and include actual images from websites such as Manhunt and Craigslist, where gay men can post profiles and look for potential partners. Stone describes his experience of sex in the age of the Internet, raising questions about self-objectification, wish-fulfillment, and the implications for love. The artist gave a short gallery talk at 6:00 pm during the opening reception on Friday, January 11.

A panel discussion titled Virtual Connections: Sexuality and Relationships Online was held on Friday, January 11, in Morrison Hall 007 in conjunction with the opening of iGuy (, an art exhibit by Robb Stone on the erotic world of online social networking.

Panelists were Indiana University professors Michael Reece (Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion), Brian Dodge (Associate Director, Center for Sexual Health Promotion), and Bryant Paul (Department of Telecommunications).

Videos from this panel discussion are available for viewing online: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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Gene Greger, V, 2007.
Kinsey Confidential
August 27 - December 21, 2007
Opening Reception
Friday, September 7th, 5:00 to 7:00
The Kinsey Institute Gallery

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Inspired by the Kinsey Institute's syndicated newspaper column titled "The Kinsey Confidential," this exhibit in the Kinsey Institute Gallery looks at commonly asked questions about sexual health and behavior. Questions are answered and illustrated using artworks, photographs, objects, and print materials from the Institute's extensive art and library collections.

Featured items range from 19th century fine art and photographs to thought-provoking works by contemporary artists, including Deena des Rioux, Betsy Stirratt, Judy Dater, Michael Rosen, Belle Wether, Naomi Harris, Carolyn Weltman, Gene Greger, Angela Hunt, J.D. Talasek, Molly Springfield, Joe De Hoyos, Bradley Wicklund, and Candace Nicol.

The Kinsey Institute 2nd Annual Juried Erotic Art Show 2007
April 13 - July 20, 2007
Opening Reception
Friday, April 13, 5:00 to 7:00
The Kinsey Institute Gallery

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The KI Juried Erotic Art Show 2007, on view from April 13 - July 20 in The Kinsey Institute Gallery, is the second in what is planned as an annual Kinsey Institute competition and art exhibit. This year's show features 80 works of exciting contemporary art in a wide range of media - photographs, collages, paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and textile art.

Artworks were selected by juror Karen Baldner, an exhibiting artist and faculty member at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Karen has shown her work extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and is a member of Soho20 Chelsea Gallery in New York City.

2007 Juried Erotic Art Show Poster

Queer Projections
January 22-April 6, 2007
Opening Reception
Friday, January 26, 5:00-7:00 PM
The Kinsey Institute Gallery

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The Kinsey Institute presents Queer Projections, a celebration of the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals to the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. The exhibition also explores the representation of GLBT characters in Hollywood and independent films. Assembled by guest curator Dr. Brian J. Woodman, the exhibit features a variety of film posters, photographs, movie stills, and other cinema-related ephemera.

Queer Projections will open in conjunction with the annual PRIDE Film Festival, held from January 25 through 27 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. A small exhibit of film materials from the Institute's collection will be on display at the theater during the month of January.

Expressive Bodies: Contemporary Art Photography from The Kinsey Institute
January 9-27, 2007
Opening Reception
Friday, January 12, 7:00-9:00 PM

Exhibited at the Indiana University School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana.

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Expressive Bodies surveys the use of the photographic medium by contemporary artists to express ideas about sexuality and gender, or to explore the visual impact of the human figure. This exhibition featured photographs by established artists such as Laura Aguilar, Erwin Olaf, Pierre et Gilles, Joel-Peter Witkin, Herb Ritts, Arthur Tress, Michael Macku, Ivan Pinkava, Mariette Pathy Allen, and Frank Yamrus, as well as talented photographers at the start of their artistic careers.

(top) Herb Ritts, Tony and Mimi I, 1987. (middle) Mariette Pathy Allen, Brandon Teena Should Have Been Here, Gay Pride Parade, 1995. (bottom) Laura Hartford, Untitled, 2001/2002.



Sex Objects
August 1 - December 22, 2006
An exhibition of sculpture and other three-dimensional items from the Kinsey Institute collection.


The Kinsey Institute Juried Erotic Art Show
April 14 - June 30, 2006
Opening Reception
Friday, April 14, 5-7 pm
The Kinsey Institute Gallery.

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The contemporary artworks featured in the exhibition were selected by Betsy Stirratt, an exhibiting artist and director of the School of Fine Arts Gallery at Indiana University. The multi-media show features photography, sculpture, painting, textiles, and wearable art submitted by artists from across the United States. This year's exhibition is the first in what is planned as an annual competition and art exhibit.
Sex in the Cinema
January 17 - April 7, 2006

This exhibition uses posters, press kits, photographs, and other materials to examine the use of sex as a marketing tool by Hollywood studios and independent film companies. Selected posters represent a number of genres, from the exploitation pictures of the 1930s through the first mainstream X-rated films of the 1970s.

Passionate Creatures: Animal Imagery in Art
August 22 - December 23, 2005

Animals have inspired artists since the first cave painters set to work, and animal imagery is common in the erotic art of many cultures. Numerous examples are found in the paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and artifacts in The Kinsey Institute's renowned research collection. Real and mythological creatures are represented in this exhibition of objects and artwork spanning more than two thousand years of cultural history.

Michel Fingesten (1884-1943), German
Bakonyi Kato--Ex Libris (bookplate), 1922
Contemporary Art from the Collection of Thomas Robertello
April 15 - August 5, 2005

This loan exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to view an exciting collection of recent work by an international group of artists, including Amy Cutler, Peregrine Honig, Robert Horvath, Nikki S. Lee, Conor McGrady, Kim Murak, Sergei Pachomow, Ed Paschke, and Anne Wilson.

(right) Amy Cutler. Arrangement, 2002. Flashe and Casein on wood. 41 x 29 inches. Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NY.
Out of Russia: The Art of Chagall, Tchelitchew, and Avinoff
February 16 - April 11, 2005

Artworks by three Russian émigrés--Marc Chagall, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Andrey Avinoff--is the focus of this exhibit. Also on view is an original portrait of Alfred Kinsey by Boris Artzybasheff, produced for the cover of TIME magazine in 1953.

Sex Ed
October 20, 2005 - February 11, 2006

This exhibit looked at the dissemination of information about sex, reproduction, and health over the past several centuries. Materials on display included film posters, fetal development models, novelty condoms, birth control devices from previous eras including an 18th century condom, educational films, fertility statues, Japanese pillow books, and copies of the Kama Sutra, marriage manuals, and other sexual education materials.

Sex in America: Art & Artifacts from the Kinsey Institute Collection, 1900-1968
July 1 - October 15, 2005

This exhibit featured photographs, prints, drawings, and watercolors by American artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Cadmus, Maynard Dixon, Harry Engle, Jared French, Rockwell Kent, Douglas Kirkland, George Platt Lynes, Irving Penn, and Clara Tice. Also on display were movie posters, cartoons, and a variety of artifacts and novelty items.

Eroticism and Music
February 6 - March 2, 2004

The Kinsey Institute art gallery featured a selection of artwork illustrating the connection between eroticism and music. The exhibit included engravings, lithographs, etchings, and photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries.

(right) Michel Fingesten (1884-1943), Germany. Ex Musicis, 1933, Bookplate
George Balanchine and his Dancers:
The Ballet Photographs of George Platt Lynes
January 28 - February 8, 2003

An exhibition of photographs from The Kinsey Institute's important collection of work by the 20th century American photographer George Platt Lynes. Images include portraits of George Balanchine, the Russian-born choreographer who co-founded the New York City Ballet, and the dancers with whom he worked.

(right) George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), United States. André Eglevsky, 1943. Gelatin silver print. Copyright ©2003 by the Estate of George Platt Lynes. All rights reserved.

Offsite Exhibits Featuring The Kinsey Institute Collection

Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics, 2015

The Wunderkammer: Curiosities in Indiana University Collections, 2015

The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind, 2014-2015

Undercover: Selections from The Kinsey Institute, 2015

The Man Naked: Dimensions of Masculinity from 1800, 2014

Masculine / Masculine: The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day, 2013

Touchy Subjects: Art, Sex and Humor: Selections from the Kinsey Institute, 2013

Interludes, 2013

Ephemeral Ink, 2012

Out in Chicago, 2011-2012

Obscene Diary, 2011-2012

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, 2011

Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty, 2011

RUBBERS: The Life, History & Struggle of the Condom, 2010

Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art, 2010

Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor, 2009-2010

Kinsey's Women, 2008

Darkside: Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed, 2008

Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now, 2007-2008

The Art of Sex: Selections from The Kinsey Institute, 2005

The Allure of Clothing: Function, Fantasy, Fetish, Fashion, 2004-2005

Sex among the Lotus: 2500 years of Chinese Erotic Obsession, 2004-2005

"Phantom der Lust" or "Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in Art", 2003

George Balanchine and his Dancers: The Ballet Photographs of George Platt Lynes

Feminine Persuasion, 2003

"Oh! Dr. Kinsey:" Media Reaction to the Kinsey Report on Women Exhibition, 2003

NYC Sex: How New York City Transformed Sex in America, 2002

Sex and Humor: Selections from The Kinsey Institute, 2002

The Power of Seduction, 2001-2002

Sex--Facts and Fantasies, 2001-2002

Interwoven Lives: George Platt Lynes and his friends, 2001

The American Century, 1999

Watching from the Wings: Warhol and Dance, 1999

The Kiss: Selections from The Kinsey Institute, 1998

Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture, 1998-1999

Invisible Light: Photography and Classification, 1997-1999

The Art of Desire: Erotic Treasures from The Kinsey Institute, 1997

Goodbye to Berlin: 100 Years of Gay Liberation, 1997

Rrose Is a Rrose Is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, 1997

Gender Affects, 1996

The Erotic Art of Ukiyo-e: Selections from the Collection, 1995

George Platt Lynes Exhibition,1993-1994

Selections from the Collections, 1991

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Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics
October 13 - November 14, 2015
The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
Opening reception October 13th, 6-9pm
Exhibition hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-7pm
Louise Lawrence assisting John Specht
Photo by A. Rodney Patterson

This photo from the Kinsey Institute archives is part of the new exhibit, Bring Your Own Body,opening at the Cooper Union Gallery in NYC

Bring Your Own Body presents the work of transgender artists and archives, from the institutional and sexological to the personal and liminal. Taking its title from an unpublished manuscript by intersex pioneer Lynn Harris, the exhibit historicizes the sexological and cultural imaginary of transgender through a curatorial exploration of the Kinsey Archives and the burgeoning movements for transgender expression from the turn of the 20th century. Read more about the exhibit »

The Wunderkammer: Curiosities in Indiana University Collections
October 23 - November 18, 2015
Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University
Opening Reception October 23rd, 6-8pm
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Wunderkammer Exhibit at the Grunwald Gallery includes items from the Kinsey Institute Collections

The Wunderkammer highlights the practice of private and institutional collecting of art, artifacts, specimens, and objects through the special collections on Indiana University’s campus that are not typically seen by the average visitor. Indiana University has a number of well-known collections on public display, including the IU Art Museum and the Lilly Library. But there are other collections that are often overlooked or unknown to most visitors, such as the Department of Biology’s Herbarium, The Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection, and the University Archives, among many others.
The public museums at Indiana University are easily accessible and often feature objects from their collections that are the most well known, valuable, and historically and culturally important. However, each collection also contains items that are unusual or non-traditional, which the public rarely sees. It is in the context of the Wunderkammer that we display these items, as a cabinet of curiosities similar to the traditional collections amassed by individuals in the sixteenth century. This tradition continued well into the nineteenth century, with individuals collecting art, natural history specimens, cultural artifacts and ephemera, and there is a resurgence of interest in this today.

This exhibit includes a collection of animal penis bones and a 1955 Relax-A-Cizor device from the Kinsey Institute Collections.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery. A noon talk will be presented by the curators and collection managers of several special collections on Friday, November 6 in the Grunwald Gallery.

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.

Undercover: Selections from The Kinsey Institute
March 20 – April 17, 2015
Wabash College
John Gutoskey, The Seeker, 2007

Undercover presents a selection of photographs, prints, paintings, and sculptures from The Kinsey Institute that explore the stories we tell one another about sex, stories that seek to obfuscate, glorify, mystify, boast, or jest about sex. 

The Man Naked: Dimensions of Masculinity from 1800
March 5 through June 17, 2014

Based on a similar exhibit held last year at Musée d'Orsay in France, The Man Naked: Dimensions of Masculinity from 1800 includes five George Platt Lynes prints from the Kinsey Institute Collections

From the exhibit website: Esta exposición, compuesta por piezas provenientes de colecciones nacionales e internacionales, presenta y reflexiona sobre el tema del desnudo masculino a lo largo de más de dos siglos. La muestra es resultado del gran esfuerzo realizado entre el Museo Nacional de Arte y el Museo d’Orsay en Francia, que ha prestado piezas de su acervo. El proyecto brinda la oportunidad de acercar al público al desarrollo histórico del desnudo como tema del arte, desde la consolidación del canon clásico hasta la subversión de las ideas estéticas en el siglo XX.

Desde hace unos años el estudio del desnudo del hombre en las artes ha cobrado fuerza. El Museo Nacional de Arte se suma a estas revisiones e incluye, bajo la curaduría de Agustín Arteaga, a más de un centenar de obras de artistas nacionales cuyas obras pertenecen principalmente a importantes colecciones del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, su objetivo es mostrar la concepción del cuerpo masculino en el imaginario mexicano.

Masculine / Masculine: The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day
September 24, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Musée d'Orsay
Paris, France
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This exhibit included five photographs of male nudes by George Platt Lynes from the Kinsey Institute Collections.

Touchy Subjects: Art, Sex and Humor: Selections from the Kinsey Institute
September 27, 2013 – November 24, 2013
Indianapolis Art Center
Marilyn K. Glick School of Art

This show was part of the annual Spirit and Place Festival in Indianapolis in November, 2013. On Wednesday, November 6, Kinsey Institute Curator Catherine Johnson-Roehr was at the IAC to give a guided tour of the show from 6-8pm.

January 28 - March 3, 2013
Fine Arts Center, Southwestern University

Interludes is an exhibition of paintings by Michael Mogavero, as well as art from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The show was curated by Victoria Star Varner, professor of art at Southwestern University. It was organized for the Brown Symposium XXXV, Sex Talk: A Symposium with Benefits (Kinsey Institute affiliated faculty member Dr. Debby Herbenick is one of the speakers).

Ephemeral Ink: Selections of Tattoo Art from The Kinsey Institute Collections
Juried Art Show 2012 will be on exhibit May 18 to July 21, 2012 at the Grunwald Gallery of Art.
February 20 - March 23, 2012
Marian University
Fisher Hall
3200 Cold Spring Road,
Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997

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Ephemeral Ink features a selection of tattoo art drawn from The Kinsey Institute Collections. The exhibition was curated by Amy Tims, an intern at The Kinsey Institute from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).

Show curator Amy Tims and Kinsey Institute Curator of Art, Artifacts, and Photographs Catherine Johnson-Roehr gave a lecture about the exhibit on February 24th, 2012.

Out in Chicago
May 21, 2011 - March 26, 2012
Chicago History Museum, Chicago
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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.

Obscene Diary
July 14, 2011 - January 15, 2012
The Museum of Sex, New York
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In Obscene Diary, the rich sexual documentation of one remarkable individual, a professor, tattoo artist, pornographer and sexual record keeper, Samuel Steward is unveiled. This exhibition features the most comprehensive group of artifacts from the Steward Archive that will ever be made available for public view and asks patrons to reflect on what it would look like if their own sexual histories were documented and what this would say about the times in which we live.

Items from the Kinsey Collection appearing in the exhibit include photographs and a watercolor album, as well as correspondence between Alfred Kinsey and Samuel Steward.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera
May 21 - September 18, 2011
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
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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.

Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty
February 26–August 28, 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
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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.

RUBBERS: The Life, History & Struggle of the Condom
February 4 - December 5, 2010
Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY
Open Sunday to Friday, 11 am - 6:30 pm; Saturday 11 am - 8 pm
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RUBBERS features artifacts that cover the gamut from vintage photographs of sexually transmitted diseases to military signage campaigning for the sexual safety of soldiers to a wide array of antique condoms, tins, and dispensers. Highlights of the exhibition include conceptual art pieces such as the cruel condom, a condom crafted entirely out of chainmail and covered with spikes and Franco B’s resin condom sculpture assembled from gritty used condoms taken from the floor and trash of the infamous FIST nightclub in London.

The exhibition also includes the marriage of function and fashion with the inclusion of Adriana Bertini’s couture condom cocktail dress, made from 1200 hand dyed condoms and fashioned after the Valentino dresses of the 1960s, trendy and contemporary condoms from renowned designers such as Marc Jacobs, as well as “condiments,” functional salt and pepper shakers designed and molded after condoms.

The exhibit features vintage condom containers and a few other items from the collection of The Kinsey Institute, as well as a display of condom use information provided by Dr. William Yarber, IU Professor and Kinsey Institute Research Fellow.

Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art
May 12 - 29, 2010
Leslie/Lohman Gallery, New York City
Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat, 1-4 pm; Thurs 2-7 pm
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Featuring Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, George Platt Lynes, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, and many more eminent artists from the late 19th century to the present day, this exhibition presents a rare and beautiful survey of homoerotic art. Groundbreaking in its scope, aim, and venue, this exhibition asserts a homosexual presence in Western Art since the Renaissance. "If this exhibition reveals more parts of the male anatomy than are usually seen in public exhibitions, it also reveals a need for recognition of and freedom of expression for homosexual artists." We invite visitors to join in this celebration of homosexual art history.

The exhibit features 20 photographs and artworks from the Kinsey Institute Collection. The exhibition also appeared at the Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery from March 18 - April 22nd, 2010.

Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor
April 24, 2009 - February 7, 2010
Independance Seaport Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Open daily 10am - 5pm
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This original exhibit, researched and created by Curator Craig Bruns and Seaport staff, features traditional and modern tattooing tools, flash (tattoo design samples) and other tattoo-related art, historic photographs and artifacts, a recreation of an old-time "tattoo parlor," and a mini-documentary of the recorded personal stories of tattooed sailors.

The exhibit includes a number of tattoo photographs from the collection of The Kinsey Institute.

Kinsey's Women
November 6 - December 16,2008

The Wild Project Gallery presented the exhibition Kinsey's Women in conjunction with Electric Pear Productions' U.S. Premiere of “The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents” by Lukas Bärfuss. The exhibition Kinsey's Women featured a small selection of photographs culled from the extensive Kinsey Institute archive. Kinsey collected images in search of clues to the social history of sex. The images range from professional to amateur, with the amateur offering an often playful glimpse into a wide range of sexual experiences. One of Kinsey's greatest revelations was that there is no such thing as normative sexuality. This insight formed the point of departure for Bärfuss' central character Dora, who emerges with an adamant sexual hunger that pits her against a hidden and strange adult world. Kinsey's Women makes reference to the various permutations of Dora's journey.

Kinsey's Women featured photographs from The Kinsey Institute collections.

Darkside: Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed
September 6 - November 16, 2008
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland

This exhibit featured photographs from the collections of The Kinsey Institute.

For sexuality and fantasy, photography is a central visual instrument: as document, stimulation, instrument of power, and as a form for artistic creation. Photography shows and stylizes pleasure and passion, voyeurism and self-representation, sexual power and consumption. Fantasies and desires form an exciting pact with photography: sexual fantasies demand representation, actively seek disclosure—and photography uses this power of (pictorial) eroticism for its own ends, to be powerful and seductive.

Darkside is dedicated to photographs of ideal, natural, and grotesque bodies; conceives of sexuality as a part of existence; presents photographed sexual practices, desires, and phantasms; discusses sexuality in Surrealism; reflects on reification and fetishization in sexuality; compares voyeurism and exhibitionism with one another; takes up the topics of sexuality and the body within the context of debates around gender, as well as power and the market. Throughout it is always a question of the images we make of “sexuality,” of the endless interflow of fantasies and reality in visual desire over the last one hundred years.

Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now
October 12, 2007 - January 27, 2008
Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
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Seduced explored the representation of sex in art through the ages. Featuring over 300 works spanning 2000 years, it brought together Roman sculptures, Indian manuscripts, Japanese prints, Chinese watercolours, Renaissance and Baroque paintings and 19th century photography with modern and contemporary art.

Seduced featured photographs from the Kinsey Institute collection, and received rave reviews from the British press.

Art of Sex: Selections from The Kinsey Institute
May 17 - May 19, 2005

This exhibition features more than thirty artworks collected during Alfred Kinsey's lifetime, as well as books, letters and written materials documenting Kinsey's life and work.

Exhibited at: The Gallery, 8920 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA

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The Allure of Clothing: Function, Fantasy, Fetish, Fashion
September 10, 2004 - December 23, 2005

This exhibition was the exciting result of a collaboration between three Indiana University institutions--the Mathers Museum, the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, and The Kinsey Institute. (Exhibited at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on the Bloomington campus.)

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Sex Among the Lotus: 2500 years of Chinese Erotic Obsession
March 18, 2004 - January 30, 2005

"An intimate glimpse into the most private conduct of Chinese society, past and present," features selections from the Institute's collection of Chinese art, books and artifacts. John Vollmer is curator, and Kinsey Institute Librarian Liana Zhou serves as curatorial consultant.

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Sex—Facts and Fantasies

[Photo of Clyde Martin]
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The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum's comprehensive look at fact and fantasy, science and art. The history of sex research is represented by Kinsey and his colleagues with images from the Institute collections. The show runs November, 2001 through August, 2002.
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Interwoven Lives: Geroge Platt Lynes and his friends

[Portrait of Alfred C. Kinsey by George Platt Lynes]
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The photograph of Alfred Kinsey by George Platt Lynes is part of an exhibition at the DC Moore Gallery in New York. The show, titled "Interwoven Lives: George Platt Lynes and his friends," featured works by Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker and other artists active in New York in the 1930s and 1940s.
Sept. 6 through Sept. 29, 2001
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The American Century

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The American Century exhibit is the largest display mounted to date at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 10 - October 17, 1999, with over 500 artifacts, documents, photographs, paintings and costumes from the 20th century. The Kinsey Institute loaned a page from the original manuscript of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female and a photo of Dr. Kinsey editing the galley proofs. Other artifacts included Charles Lindbergh's flight suit, Houdini's handcuffs, and a NASA lunar lander.
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Watching from the Wings: Warhol and Dance

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An exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, February 28 - May 23, 1999.

The Watching from the Wings exhibition features the work of Andy Warhol as well as 14 George Platt Lynes photographs on loan from The Kinsey Institute. These photographs of New York City Ballet dancers from the 1930's, 40's, and 50's were part of Lynes' commercial output, and explore the sensuality expressed through dance.

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The Kiss: Selections from The Kinsey Institute

[Photo of female model kissing a mirror]
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A public exhibition at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, October 23-November 24, 1998.

The Kiss Exhibition traces the representation of the kiss in the 19th and the 20th centuries. Spanning a variety of cultures, it includes more than 50 film stills, watercolors, woodblock prints, and amateur and professional photographs. This exhibit was chosen to complement the "Bodily Aesthetics and the Kiss" panel presentation at the American Society of Aesthetics conference at IU in November. It is being produced with support of the Institute, the Friends of The Kinsey Institute, and the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts.

View images from The Kiss at the SoFA Gallery's web site.

A 24 page catalog featuring 12 images from the exhibition is available for purchase.

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Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture

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An exhibition tracing the influence of Freud and psychoanalysis on 20th century culture, October 15, 1998 - January 16, 1999, at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the Jewish Museum in New York, and international venues. From its archives, The Kinsey Institute loaned the exhibition a manuscript letter (page one and page two) by Freud in 1935 to an American mother concerned about how to respond to her son's homosexuality. The letter was displayed in SECTION TWO, The Individual: Therapy and Theory.
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In Visible Light: Photography & Classification in Art, Science, and the Everyday

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An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, March 16 -July 6, 1997, sponsored by Oxford University Press. This photograph of an "Atlas" figure is one of eight photographs from The Kinsey Institute on display. Taxonomy, the science of classification, is the core theme of the exhibition, which ranges from the 19th century to the present.

Additional venues for the exhibition were:

Inverleith House, Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
December 13, 1997 - Mid-February 1998

Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
March 1 - May 31, 1998

Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
June 24 - September 20, 1998

Moderna Museet, Stockholm
October 10, 1998 - January 10, 1999

Curator: Russell Roberts

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The Art of Desire: Erotic Treasures from The Kinsey Institute

[Photo of lady with fan]
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A public exhibition at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery, Indiana University, October 24 - December 5, 1997.

The exhibition presented the first comprehensive survey of The Kinsey Institute's art and photography collections, and was part of the Institute's 50th anniversary celebration. More than 200 items, ranging from ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian, and Roman objects to nineteenth-century graphic arts to contemporary photography, are on display. The exhibition features works by well-known artists, including Rembrandt and Picasso, as well as those by anonymous artisans and amateurs. From exquisite Japanese porcelain pieces to fairground souvenirs, the objects in the exhibition attest to the power and pervasiveness of the expression of human sexual desire.

A catalog featuring 50 images from the exhibition is available for purchase. See also " The Art of Desire" in the September 1997 issue of Indiana University's online publication, Research and Creative Activity.
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Goodbye to Berlin? 100 Years of Gay Liberation

[Photo by George Platt Lynes]
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Eight photographs from The Kinsey Institute's collections were on display at this exhibition, held May 17 - August 17, 1997 at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The exhibition was sponsored by Schwules Museum.
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Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography

[Photo by George Platt Lynes]
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This exhibition, to which The Kinsey Institute contributed this untitled work by George Platt Lynes, examines the way in which gender identity is theatrically constructed in photography. The two venues for the exhibition were:

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
February 7 - May 12, 1997

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
September 17 - November 30, 1997
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Gender Affects

[Photo of Pudgy Stockton]
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An exhibition at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts (SOFA) Gallery, Indiana University, February 9 - March 8, 1996, of photographs and artifacts from The Kinsey Institute's collections, and works of Mariette Pathy Allen, Janine Antoni, Jan Ballard, Dorit Cypis, Jerome Dunning, Graham Durward, Rachel Lachowicz, Michael Rosen, and Annie Sprinkle.
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The Erotic Art of Ukiyo-e: Selections from the Collection of The Kinsey Institute

[Photo from Edo exhibit]
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An exhibition held at the Indiana University Art Museum, August 17 - 20, 1995, in conjunction with Sexuality and Edo Culture, 1750 - 1850, an international conference sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University.

The conference proceedings, Imaging/Reading Eros (1996) can be ordered from the East Asian Studies Center.
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George Platt Lynes Exhibition

[Photo by George Platt Lynes]
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An exhibition of 130 of Lynes' original vintage gelatin silver prints at the following venues:

The Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York
September 13, 1993 - October 31, 1993

Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (Florence), Italy
Spring 1994

Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University- Bloomington
Fall 1994

The exhibition of photographs from The Kinsey Institute was accompanied by the publication of George Platt Lynes: Photographs from The Kinsey Institute, by James Crump (Little, Brown, 1993).
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Selections from the Collections of The Kinsey Institute

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A private exhibition of twenty-seven works from the art and artifact collections, held at The Kinsey Institute, November 29, 1990 - May 30, 1991. Works were presented in two categories: European and American Art, 1800-1965, and Art of Oceanic, African, and Pre-Columbian Cultures. The Institute also published an accompanying exhibition catalog.

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