Tom of Finland Erotic Art Foundation







March 18, 2004 - January 31, 2005
New York, NY

The Museum of Sex

"Sex Among the Lotus"
China's Erotic Obsessions

Photo credit: The Kinsey Institute ©

The most comprehensive museum study of its kind ever presented in North America, the new exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the most private conduct of Chinese society past and present.
John E. Vollmer is curator for this event.

“Sex Among the Lotus” provides a sweeping survey of the culture’s erotic heritage. It examines the archeological record and literary sources of China’s carnal obsessions and places China’s well-known visual erotica within the larger historical context of the culture. The exhibition includes over 300 works of art from private and public collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia – from the explicit imagery of 200 BC tomb tiles and sexual escapades of Tang dynasty emperors to the latest pornography hot off China’s commercial presses.

On display are rarely seen artifacts from such distinguished lenders as Kinsey Institute Museum, Gallerie Myrna Myers, Joel & Edie Frankel, Glenn Roberts, and China’s Sex Museum in Shanghai. Objects include a 10th century rock-crystal penis, exquisitely painted pillow books created to educate young brides and concubines, an extraordinary selection of shoes for bound feet, and remarkable photographs of sex workers from Shanghai’s notorious red light districts.

The Museum of Sex
Gallery Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM · Saturday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
233 Fifth Avenue (@ 27th Street), New York, NY 10016 · Map  · 212.689.6337

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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland