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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Exhibition at The Kinsey Institute Gallery

Categories: B-town's Rainbow Flavor


Eros in Asia: Erotic Art from Iran to Japan

February 20, 2009 – June 26, 2009

Unknown artist, China
Man and woman in bed, with attendant, c.1750
Gouache on paper; 218P A003.1
Donated in 1969

Bloomington, Indiana.  Eros in Asiais 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 in countries such as China, India, Iran, and Japan.  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. 

A public reception for Eros in Asia will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

Lecture—Friday, February 20th, 12:30 pm, Morrison 007

Dr. Christiane J. Gruber will present a slide lecture titled "Of Beardless Youths, Courtesans, and Voyeurs: Modern Persian Erotica in the Kinsey Institute."  Audience members will be invited to view the exhibition following the talk.  Dr. Gruber, an art historian at Indiana University, studies Iranian art and Islamic visual culture.


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 for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction     

Morrison Hall / Indiana University / Bloomington, Indiana 47405

812-855-7686 / FAX 812-855-8277 / kinsey@indiana.edu



Unknown artist, Iran
Man and woman engaged in coitus on a swing, early 20th century
Paint on paper; 172R A005b; Donated in 1981