MIAMI, Fla. (Circa) - On our way out of the the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) in Miami, Florida, I stopped at the postcard carousal to buy a few postcards for my friends.
"You have to mail those inside envelopes, you know," cautioned the woman at the front desk. "Sometimes they send them back."
For the last few hours, I had immersed myself so deeply in a massive collection of erotic art that I had forgotten to anticipate the prudishness of the USPS. "That's ok, I'll still take them."
I wanted the postcards, because I wanted to alert as many people as I could to the existence of this eye-opening and inspiring museum.
Founded in 2005, WEAM is the only museum in the country dedicated exclusively to erotic fine art.
With a total collection of more than 4,000 pieces, the museum strives to expose a larger audience to erotic art, showcasing work dating from 300 BCE to the present.
So many people are unaware that erotic art has been created throughout the centuries. They have such a narrow-minded vision without realizing that without eroticism, without the sexual acts which are depicted, there would be no people. What the art does is visualizes the thoughts and activities of habits of people throughout the ages.
Central to the museum's mission is deconstructing narrow conceptions of sexuality. "We have a display of art that shows the absence of hetero-normative relationships," says Robert Harbour, the museum's marketing manager. "Hetero-normative merely states that the view of human sexuality is heterosexual. The reality is that that isn't the norm."
Naomi Wilzig, who died in 2015, is largely responsible for the WEMA's existence. A connoisseur of erotic art for decades, Wilzig's personal holdings comprise a significant part of the museum's colleciton. The collection spans 2,000 years and includes erotic art from all corners of the globe. Marquee pieces include a carved phallus from the Roman empire, rare Marlyn Monroe prints and the original sculpture from Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange.
Besides displaying the works of Ms. Wilzig, WEAM collaborates with other institutions. Currently on display at the museum is "Kinsey Institute: Untold Stories," a collection showcasing sexual cultures outside the mainstream.
Another new gallery is dedicated to the work and collection of Magnus Hirschfeld, a German sex researcher whose art collection was destroyed by the Nazis. Humboldt University in Berlin holds most of Hirschfeld’s archives.
#MDCArtsImThere #latepost #humanitiesclass #extracredit #thethingswedoforschool #sculpture #appliedart #kamasutra #bed #weam #worlderoticartmuseum #oops 9.15.15 Even though there's a wide array of fine art at WEAM the four-poster carved bed was my favourite because of all the work and attention to detail (ehem). It features bas relief images of over 136 kama sutra positions and, for some reason, roses. A good example of applied art. Medium: Wood
The World Erotic Art Museum is located at 1205 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, and is open seven days a week. Visit here for more information on the museum and check out our Facebook Live from the museum.