The Museum of Sex, New York
On October 5th 2002 the Museum of Sex first opened its Fifth Avenue doors to an eager and curious public. The inaugural exhibition NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America presented work intended to show how the diversity and tolerance of sexuality in the Big Apple had given the nation more than a bite of sexual liberation over the years. The exhibition presented a selection of materials including the work of artists and photographers together with collections of ephemera relating to sex and sexual practices. In the The Museum of Sex’s publicity they describe why they think that New York favours sexual experimentation and liberty.
‘The city’s reputation for tolerance vied with its occasional crackdowns on “vice” (the meaning of which changes with each generation) to create a climate that continuously tested the boundaries of what was considered permissible, and what was considered prosecutable.’
‘The Museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. Additionally, the museum houses both a research library as well as an extensive multimedia library, which includes 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, BETA, VHS and DVDs. From fine art to historical ephemera to film, the Museum of Sex preserves an ever-growing collection of sexually related objects that would otherwise be destroyed and discarded due to their sexual content.’
‘In the past seven years the Museum of Sex has generated 16 exhibitions and 5 virtual installations, each in keeping with the Museum’s mission of advocating open discourse surrounding sex and sexuality as well as striving to present to the public the best in current scholarship unhindered by self-censorship. With each new exhibition, lecture series, event and publication, the Museum of Sex is committed to addressing a wide range of topics, while simultaneously highlighting material and artifacts from different continents, cultures, time periods and media.’
MOSEX Mission statement
‘The Mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. The Museum produces exhibitions, publications and programs that bring the best of current scholarship on sex and sexuality to the widest possible audiences and is committed to encouraging public enlightenment, discourse and engagement.’
All quotes from the MOSEX website: http://museum.museumofsex.com/