Reunion Reception for the Exhibition “Speaking of Sex”

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kroch Library, Hirshland Gallery, Level 2B, Rare and Manuscript Collections Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

A quarter of a century ago, Cornell University Library began to gather letters, photographs and original artwork, rare books, films, erotica, and all sorts of ephemera related to sexuality – much of which had been ignored or shunned by academia and society at large.

The exhibition Speaking of Sex celebrates the Human Sexuality Collection’s 25th anniversary by exploring words and concepts – such as perform, desire, silence, trans, deviant, commercialization – through historical artifacts. Come see a 1730 Dutch wanted poster for sodomites, a century-old vibrator, and photographs of recent protests in India. Preceding the reception will be a lecture, The Body as an Artifact of Culture, with historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg at 4:30 p.m. in the Hollis E. Cornell auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.

This event is hosted by Cornell Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Public gallery hours: Thursday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; closed Sunday.

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Cornell University Library


reception, exhibition, history, American studies, Cornell University Library, CUL, sex, sexuality studies, rare and manuscript collections, American culture, artifacts, rare books



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