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Now Showing in the Gallery: Private Eyes

Handmade wooden sex toys from the Private Eyes: Amateur Art from the Kinsey Institute exhibition.

Private Eyes: Amateur Works 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.

Hand-drawn nude figures from the Private Eyes: Amateur Art from the Kinsey Institute exhibition.

From the Curators' Statement:

"Amateur works, be they two or three dimensional, differ from mainstream pornography and erotic art in significant ways. The objects are often intimate and small in scale, given that they will be experienced in a private, familial or cloistered setting; images are awkwardly rendered and there is an overall lack of proficiency; if the image is photographic, the setting looks like a home environment and composition and lighting count for little. More often than not, the commonplace nature of the materials used and the execution of the overall object suggest that the creator was self-taught. Such lack of polish or sophistication in the production of the image or object is characteristic of outsider art in general and homemade erotica in particular."

You can read more of the Curator's statement here »

The exhibit is showing from January 22 - April 2, 2010 at the Kinsey Institute Gallery.

The Kinsey Institute Gallery is open 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm weekdays or by appointment. Admission is free. Visitors should be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Kinsey Institute Gallery is located in Indiana University’s Morrison Hall, 1165 E. Third Street (behind Memorial Hall), Bloomington, IN. 812-855-7686.


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