Design has the power to shape experience; lending intensity to sexual encounters and adding a sensual thrill to everyday objects. From subtle manifestations to overt declarations, sexual imagery appeals to the universal human desire for pleasure.
Entitled Kink: Geography of the Erotic Imagination, this interactive exhibition was based on the work of Katharine Gates, author of Deviant Desires: Incredibly Strange Sex and founder of Gates of Heck Press.
In Japan, artists have created erotic art for thousands of years but nothing rivals the creative explosion of erotic imagery created during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Patrons witnessed the underground evolution of the sex-film industry as the Museum of Sex recaptured the clandestine celluloid of the twentieth century in Stags, Smokers, and Blue Movies: The Origins of American Pornographic Film.
Set against a timeline tracing male nude imagery from classical Greece to the 21st Century, Men Without Suits explored the impact of photography on American culture.
Sex Machines: Photographs and Interviews by Timothy Archibald explores a vibrant American subculture where sexual adventure, technological ingenuity, and heartfelt personal visions intersect.
The Museum of Sex celebrated its second anniversary with the October opening of Vamps & Virgins: The Evolution of American Pinup Photography 1860-1960. The new exhibition traced the development of the classic American pinup photo from early hardcore imagery in the mid 19th century to her apex in cheesecake images of the 1950s.
Daoist sexual practice stresses the balance of the primordial energies of the universe – the yin and yang. Sex plays an integral role in one’s search for immortality. Confucianism looks at sex more pragmatically.
Get Off! was our first contemporary exhibition featuring the work of established and emerging artists who investigate sexual titillation as a means to examine their relationship with pleasure in society.
Uncover the history of sex in Gotham, and discover the city’s influence on modern attitudes about sexuality.