Selected items from the Kinsey Institute Special Collections have been exhibited to the public for more than 25 years at a variety of galleries and museums around the world. Online galleries of select exhibitions are also available. By viewing these galleries, you certify that you are at least 18 years of age or older. Once photography was invented in the s, it quickly became a popular medium for depictions of the nude figure, as well as erotic imagery. Hold That Pose featured daguerreotypes, tintypes, albumen and gelatin silver prints, stereocards, and other examples of photographic processes that were used in the 19th century by professional photographers to produce and distribute erotic material.
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Sometimes the most sexy moments are surreptitious instances that you stumble upon, filled with the tantalizing, tingly sensation of transgressing societal norms. In Japan, voyeurism is considered extremely erotic, for it delves beneath the pristine surface of respectability politics. No longer required to don the mask of polite society, the true self emerges as something vulnerable yet bold, something that we only experience through the intimate world. In celebration of this distinctive way of seeing the world, The Walther Collection, New York, presents Acts of Intimacy , a yearlong series devoted to contemporary photography and video art from Asia, to be presented in thematic exhibitions exploring ideas of performance, social identity, sexuality, and urban transformation.
The Grand Palais in Paris is one of Europe's most serious exhibition spaces. It is where France honours its great artists. This week, it opened a big exhibition dedicated to a US artist who has often been dismissed as a shallow sensation-seeker of the s. Why is Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in , getting this high-level retrospective now? Does he deserve it?
The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium's pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene or removing them —even fabricating events that never took place. This international loan exhibition traces the history of manipulated photography from the s through the early s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs.