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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 24, 2008 - February 14, 2009
Bloomington, IN

The Kinsey Institute
presents:
Pre-Revolutionary Queer:
Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall

    
From The Motorcycle Thief
© Tom of Finland1964 - 2008
Study #0697
© Tom of Finland 1988 - 2008

Opening reception: Friday, October 24, 2008, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Free Admission. Food and beverages will be provided.

On June 27, 1969 a riot broke out at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. For the police it was a routine raid on a gay bar, but this time the patrons decided to resist, setting off three days of protest that are now credited with launching the modern gay rights movement.

Pre-Revolutionary Queer brings together a diverse collection of artwork, photographs, rare newsletters, magazines, and books from the Institute’s archives to document the existence of a vibrant but largely underground GLBT culture in the United States and Europe prior to the Stonewall rebellion.

Featured artists include Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes, Sam Steward, Suzanne Ballivet, Jean Cocteau, Leonor Fini, Andrey Avinoff, Mike Miksche, Etienne, and Tom of Finland, as well as physique photographers Al Urban, Lon of New York, Bruce of LA, Bob Mizer, and Don Whitman.

In honor of this exhibition, the Tom of Finland Foundation will be donating an original study of Tom's to the Kinsey Institute's permanent collection.

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Morrison Hall, 1165 East Third Street, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
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THE LOUVRE
“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.” (1991)
— Tom of Finland