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Friday, October 3, 2008

2 Terrific Exhibits Currently at the Kinsey & 1 Coming Soon...

Categories: B-town's Rainbow Flavor

Take advantage of this opportunity to see two terrific exhibits currently featured at the Kinsey Institute Gallery.  Here are the details:

'Infinitely variable': Nude and Erotic Photographs by Herbert Ascherman Jr. (through October 17)
"Hermes" from "The Mythology" Series, Herbert Ascherman Jr., Platinum print
Herbert Ascherman Jr., United States
Hermes, from The Mythology Series
Platinum print
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.”

Sex and Presidential Politics (now through January 23)

Hustler Magazine Cover, November 1980 "Special Political Issue"

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.”


Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall (October 24 - February 14)

"Three Wheelers" by Thor (Samuel Steward), 1954, Ink on paper

Thor (Samuel Steward), United States
Three Wheelers, c.1954
Ink on paper

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


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Monday - Friday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visiting the Gallery
Visitors may view the gallery during gallery hours without an appointment. Please note that the gallery is closed for all major and federal holidays.

To schedule a gallery visit at another time, please call 812-855-7686. Maps & Directions to the Institute are available at this site.