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Monday - Friday, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Admission is free.

Tours Dates
Nov. 14 @ 3 p.m.
Dec. 12 @ 3 p.m.

Visiting the Gallery
Visitors may view the gallery during gallery hours without an appointment. To schedule a visit at another time during our regular open hours (8:00 am to noon and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Monday- Friday), please call 812-855-7686. Please note that the gallery is closed for all major and federal holidays.

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Due to adult content, visitors should be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Now Showing
Undress Me: A Peek at 19th and 20th Century Undergarments
September 19 - December 23
Anonymous photographer, France
Woman in undergarment, c.1920
Photograph in postcard format

This exhibit presents a selection of vintage photographs of women in lingerie from the Kinsey Institute art collection paired with corsets, slips, brassieres, and other articles of clothing on loan from the Sage Collection

To learn more about the Sage Collection at Indiana University, go to:

The Taste of Seduction
September 19 - December 23
Maureen Kaveney
Rosemary & Apples, A Study in Aphrodisiacs, 2012
Color photograph

The Taste of Seduction examines the rich tradition of linking the enjoyment of food and drink with sex and arousal, through works of art and cultural artifacts in the Kinsey Institute collections.. This exhibit will include approximately fifty artworks, artifacts, and print materials from The Kinsey Institute’s research collections that relate to the consumption of food and drink and its association with sexual desire, romantic love and seduction. 

Featured artists will include Patti Beadles, Lynn Bianchi, Gili Chen, Debranne Cingari, David Deaubrey, Anthony Droege, Beryl Fine, Gene Greger, Bill Haigwood, Naomi Harris, Danielle Kaltz, Maureen Kaveney, Flounder Lee, R. Leftwick, Henri Monnier, April Renae, Mark Sawrie, Sam Steward, and Marie Weichman.

Offered in conjunction with IU Themester 2014: Eat, Drink, Think.

Opening Event: September 19th from 4:30-7:00. The Taste of Seduction: Arousing Desire with Edible Aphrodisiacs, an interactive event allowing visitors to taste and explore foods and non-alcoholic beverages associated with passion, romance, and stimulation.

October 10 - November 22, 2014
Grunwald Gallery, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University
John Money doodle
Embrace, 1982, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

Opening reception on Friday, October 10 from 6:00 to 8:00.

The photographs in this exhibition are the result of a 2011 donation from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Philip Gefter will speak just before the opening on October 10th on “Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Wagstaff and the Gay Sensibility." (See Gefter's NYTimes article, "The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe.") Gefter's book, Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, will be published in November.Oct 10, 5:00 pm, Fine Arts 102.

In an adjoining gallery, visit Beyond Mapplethorpe: Selections from The Kinsey Institute. This exhibition features prints by photographers who either influenced Robert Mapplethorpe’s work or were his contemporaries in the 1970s and 1980s. The show contains more than twenty photographs by George Platt Lynes, Herb Ritts, Len Prince, Arthur Tress, Tom Bianchi, and Bettina Rheims. Although these images may not be as overtly sexual as some of Mapplethorpe’s photographs, they reveal the same interest in exploring and expanding the artistic possibilities of the human figure.

On Oct. 24, Andrew Moisey will present the gallery talk "Robert Mapplethorpe: Pleasure and Pain" at noon in the Grunwald Gallery. Moisey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University.

The Mapplethorpe exhibition and corresponding programs have been made possible by The College Arts and Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Grunwald Gallery of Art, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, all at Indiana University; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York; Michael E. Rudder of California; and other private donors. Malcolm Daniel, photography curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Claude Cookman, professor emeritus of the School of Journalism at IU, were instrumental in acquiring these gifts to The Kinsey Institute from the Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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Other Exhibitions Featuring The Kinsey Institute Collection
These exhibits are hosted by other institutions
November 20, 2014 - September 20, 2015
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, UK

The Wellcome Trust presents "The Institute of Sexology" Exhibition. With over 50 items from The Kinsey Institute art, artifacts, and archival collections, this comprehensive exhibit showcases the pioneers of the study of sex.

Some of these exhibitions are available to view online.



The Kinsey Institute Gallery showcases selected pieces from the Institute's extensive collection of art, artifacts, and photography. Past exhibitions include Sex Ed, Out of Russia, and Passionate Creatures.

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