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Erotic Art: an Interview with the Kinsey Gallery’s Catherine Johnson-Roehr

The Kinsey Institute is a bulwark of information about sexuality with an esteemed history dating back to Alfred Kinsey himself. They remain one of the most respected sources of sex research and, randomly, they also house an art gallery full of incredible erotic images.naked spaces

The current exhibition is Naked Spaces: Architecture in Art  from the Kinsey Institute Collection.

Drawing on the Kinsey Institute’s permanent collections, Naked Spaces investigates the ways artists manipulate architectural representation to communicate ideas about sex, gender, and the erotic. Architectural form is used by artists working around the globe–and across time–as an invitation to view, but also as a plea for privacy; architectural space is used a framing device as well as screen. The diversity of artworks included in the exhibition creates an opportunity for viewers to consider the role played by the built environment in the construction of their own private and public identities.

naked spaces 2I chatted with the Gallery’s head, Catherine Johnson-Roehr about everything from Kinsey’s controversial legal to antique porn and  why on earth a house of research has an art gallery.

Listen to the 2-part interview here or on iTunes, where you can subscribe and catch all the podcasts even sooner.

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