CfP: Exhibititionism – Sexuality at the Museum (Event, 12/2021, virtual space); by: 15.08.2021

Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality (Humboldt Univ. Berlin), Kinsey Institute (Indiana Univ., Bloomington), Wilzig Erotic Art Museum (Miami) (Web)

Time: 09.-11.12.2021
Venue: virtual space
Proposals by: 15.08.2021

Museums are an integral part of the historical construction and classification of sexuality. Collections of artifacts and artworks addressing sexuality have played an important role in the production of sexual knowledge. From antiquities to contemporary art to everyday, mass-produced objects, the stories of sexuality have been told and collected through material culture. The public display of these collections of material culture connected to sexuality has always been contentious. There is a lack of educational concepts and methods for talking about sexuality in a museum setting, as well as still deeply-held restrictive notions of talking about sex.

At the same time, museums have often excluded sexualities and perspectives from women, people of color, queer people, disabled people, sex workers, indigenous people, and people from other marginalized communities. The racist and colonial legacies of museum collections, the exoticizing of non-western bodies and desires, and the objectification of women are well-known and studied. And yet, as more and more museums and exhibition spaces around the world recognize these extreme limitations, they are using artwork, objects, and other materials to talk about sexuality in new ways and critically engage with the diversity and intersections of sexuality, race, gender, class, and disability.

Museums are increasingly becoming spaces for community gathering, creating opportunities to engage audiences in programming that explores a variety of topics related to human sexuality. This is prompted in part by a growing number of museum and collections professionals who work with materials connected to human sexuality. But there is rarely a chance for a meaningful way for these professionals working on these topics to share and grow through their experiences and scholarship. This conference will remedy this issue. Read more and source … (Web).