Museum of Sex – not quite what was expected.

dievca and Master have tried to change it up on dates.  The Ranger’s Game, Chinatown wandering and, now, the Museum of Sex.

We expected tackiness and Master had read at one point the Museum was to close down, but it seems like they raised the prices ($17.50 online, $19.50 offline for tickets) to keep the Museum in its space.

Location:  dievca was to meet Master in the front of the Museum at 3:00 pm and she kept looking up the address on Google.  Google wouldn’t keep a history of the name/address, so she had to keep typing it in.
233 Fifth Avenue at the corner of East 27th Street in Manhattan

dievca waited on the Street Corner for Master in her vintage Leopard Coat, triple XXX Agnes b. dress and thigh-hi patent leather boots. An homage to their experience.

20170217_145247_resized

Master had come from working and was in a button down shirt, brown corduroys, Brooks Brothers Cashmere coat and NO GLASSES! His eyes were settling from cataract surgery.

After bypassing the Toy store in the front of the Museum space, dievca and Master entered the Disco! Night Fever: New York Disco 1977–1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs

GG's Barnum Room - Ava 1979 Bill Berstein

GG’s Barnum Room – Ava 1979 Bill Berstein

The space was an immersive experiences with a lounge set-up, photographs on the wall, disco soundtracks and full bar. Master had a flashback of driving a taxi in the City, picking up fares at the Clubs. The bathrooms had frosted sink windows, a non-functional “two-way” mirror at the toilet and hand holds for sex on the walls. Plus, a beefy bouncer on site.

20170217_160329_resized

OK-kinda fun and listening to Master’s flashback of Memories. Cool.

agnes-b-numeric-vian-dress-close-upUp the stair we went and the first show: OBJECTXXX: SELECTED ARTIFACTS FROM THE MUSEUM OF SEX ARCHIVE. It was a messy, scattered collection of “erotic” pieces dumped together with no real rhyme or reason. For an extra $3.00 you could hop into the Bouncy Boobies room. Not something that was even considered with Master’s recent surgeries.

Robert Johnson - Pixable

Robert Johnson – Pixable

dievca’s thought was “Oh, shit – this is going to be tedious.”

20170217_151344_resized 20170217_151355_resized 20170217_151102_resized20170217_151242_resized 20170217_151140_resized

dievca and Master continued on to the The Sex Lives of Animals. An exhibit trying to show the uncensored story of various animal mating and life practices. Some interesting information was offered, but dievca felt it was something that could be looked up on the internet. A better exhibition than the floor below, but not stellar.

Things are getting more interesting.

dievca has never watched a Pornography Movie — she’s watched the elegant Blow Job videos as a tutorial, early in her relationship with Master.  But, “Debbie Does Dallas” or “Deep Throat” ? Nah.

The next gallery was  about Pornography in photos, and film: HARDCORE: A CENTURY & A HALF OF OBSCENE IMAGERY

20170217_153303_resized 20170217_152722_resized

The layout was much more comprehensive and took you though the development of photos/postcards showing French prostitutes with their striped stockings up to the mainstreaming of pornography with “Deep Throat” in 1972.  The point being that pornography was alive and well throughout the Centuries, not just a recent development with DVD’s and online activities.

Aha! the last exhibition, I think we hit the jackpot!

Known/Unknown: Private Obsession and Hidden Desire in Outsider Art

museum-of-sex-known-unknown

Outsider Artists:

The art in Known/Unknown is a long way from the typical art world. Many of the artists in the exhibit are self-taught, with little formal education, and range from institutionalized mental patients, to intellectually disabled people, to untutored isolates and eccentrics. Their pieces were often created in seemingly unlikely places; ranging from the sanctuary of psychiatric hospitals to private realms hidden within the lonely, impersonal jungles of teeming cities.

The exhibition offered glimpses into people’s minds and hearts from their private viewpoints of erotica and sex.  Secrecy and isolation fueled a unique creativity.

Master and dievca enjoyed this exhibition very much.  The room was empty, almost if it was too much for people to handle.  The work was evocative.

known-unknown-04-1100x734

dievca’s favorite piece/collection was from a Milwaukee, WI “outsider artist”, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.  His erotic photographs of his wife Marie are stylistic reminiscent of the 1940’s black and white pin-ups.  They convey the love and playfulness between the photographer and his muse that is titillating and profound.

known-unknown-1100x734

Now this last offering made the trip worthwhile!

 


7 Comments on “Museum of Sex – not quite what was expected.”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Love the antique French ladies and the ballet boots. X

  2. This last part sounds really interesting. Had a couple of underwhelming experiences in other sex museums in the past, so I would have overlooked this.

    • dievca says:

      It’s the last gallery, but the erotic photos/film and the homage to various clubs in 1970’s NYC are good, too. Plus, the sex shop is well-stocked, clean, well lit and colorful. (but, Master thought the clientele were wannabe’s on openness to experiences in sex.)

      • Will go if we get the chance, won’t let these wannabes put us off (lots of wannabes in all sorts of places in NYC but it’s a crowded place so to be expected isn’t it)

  3. Ret MP says:

    you are a fun date, d. Always willing to mix it up. love that.
    Cheers- Ret

    • dievca says:

      Thanks, Ret. It is funny, M. could do the same thing each week, I can and do enjoy that for awhile – but then I lose it. So, we try to do a mix.


Thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s