Zoology professor, Alfred C. Kinsey (1894-1956) sampled sexual behavior via 18,000 interviews. He also sampled portrayals of erotic behaviors and desires suppressed by Anglo-American mores. Art, to Kinsey, was data. Ungrounded in aesthetics, he sought from cultural production accurate representation of human erotic proclivities. Yet, many cultures’ erotic codes diverged from Western norms, impelling approaches to artistic eroticism beyond his zoological frameworks.
Judith Allen from IU’s Kinsey Institute will give a talk in conjunction with the exhibition The Eroticism of Things at Berlin’s Museum der Dinge, a joint project of the Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and IU’s Kinsey Institute.
Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge
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