Sex Museums: The Politics & Performance of Display
a lecture by Jennifer Tyburczy
October 20, Thursday
6 to 7:30 pm
Jennifer Tyburczy, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
All museums are sex museums. In her book Sex Museums: The Politics & Performance of Display, Tyburczy takes a hard look at the formation of Western sexuality—particularly how categories of sexual normalcy and perversity are formed—and asks what role museums have played in using display as a technique for disciplining sexuality. Most museum exhibits, she argues, assume that white, patriarchal heterosexuality and traditional structures of intimacy, gender, and race represent national sexual culture for their visitors. Sex Museums illuminates the history of such heteronormativity at most museums and proposes alternative approaches for the future of public display projects, while also offering the reader curatorial tactics—what she calls queer curatorship—for exhibiting diverse sexualities in the twenty-first century.
Fales Library & Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor