The Museum of Sex has produced over 20 exhibitions and installations, which survey topics of sexuality in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum strives to achieve its mission of encouraging open discourse and public engagement while offering the best of current scholarship. Past, current and future exhibitions utilize a myriad of material, media and artifacts from around the globe to better understand and celebrate the diversity of human sexuality.
This exhibition explores William Kent’s (1919-2012) calamitous life through his art, highlighting his skill and creativity as well as the paradoxes that drove him, bringing his erotically charged work back to New York for the first time in nearly 50 years.
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From same sex pairings and masturbation to dolphin blowhole sex and panda porn, The Sex Lives of Animals establishes a “new natural history” and exposes how humans may not be the only species in the animal kingdom engaging in sex for pleasure.
The Spotlight gallery displays culturally significant artifacts from the Museum’s Permanent Collection of over 15,000 objects, including art, historical ephemera and technological innovations.
A Street Art Occupation at the Museum of Sex.
Photo © Mike Dubin
Through humor, scandal and fantasy, Comics Stripped explores the limitless sexual imagination of comic artists from the 1930s through the present.
Obscene Diary chronicles the meticulously self-documented sexual life of professor, tattoo artist and pornographer, Samuel Steward. By cataloging every partner and sex act though writing, photography, and drawing, the Steward Archive reveals a rare portrait of American sexual history.
Sculptor Jean-Marc Laroche shares with us his fantasy of eternal life with the installation, “Lovers from the Hereafter,” featuring intertwining skeletons embracing one another.
Burlesque is a form of American folk art/theater built on seduction and humor. Descended from risqué European dance traditions and comedic-theatric vaudeville, traditional American burlesque was a travelling circus of bedazzled sexuality, often overlooked in the official history of this country’s sexual and theatrical past.