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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 7, 2004 - June 12, 2005
New York, NY

The Museum of Sex
presents:

"Vamps & Virgins"
The Evolution of the American Pinup
1860 - 1960

Tracing the development of the classic American pinup photo from early hardcore imagery in the mid 19th century to her apex in cheesecake images of the 1950s.

This exhibition has been extended from its March 31, 2005 closing date.

According to exhibition curator Jennifer Kabat, "Vamps & Virgins" exposes the secret history of the pinup, which mirrors mainstream 20th century history, and charts how the role of women has changed and their images have been employed for more than 100 years.

"The development of the pinup and its accompanying spread of scantily-clad ladies across American culture, from ads and billboards to TV, is easily the single most important development impacting women's rights, the history of sexuality, and feminism over the last century," says Ms. Kabat. "In this post-modern, post-Playboy world we're used to our pinups coming self-aware, self-assured and as self-described feminists, but it wasn't always the case."

At its inception erotic photography was far more explicit than contemporary images. Traded privately, these pictures now have a quaint feel with their couples (and threesomes, foursomes and more) sporting serious expressions and often matching costumes. Toned down as the images spread to the populace at large in postcard form, the pinup started to wear the camp, coy expressions that are the genre's hallmark, reaching her highpoint with Bettie Page. After Page, the style changed again, turning towards the explicit look of the contemporary centerfold.

The Museum of Sex
Gallery Hours: Sunday - Friday 11 AM - 6:30 PM Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM
Admission is $14.50; $13.50 seniors/students.

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