Twelve artists from Calgary and Berlin have been invited to respond to archival materials from Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science, founded in Berlin in 1919. Berlin was one of the birthplaces of sexual science and home to flourishing and publically visible sexual subcultures. Then, as today, sex pervades the public sphere, it is an object of scientific fascination, and it drives popular culture. Sex sells. It enforces norms but also liberates and makes new futures possible. It fosters personal experimentation, transgresses boundaries, and provokes censorship, violence, outrage and shame. PopSex! Art, Culture, History, Science aims to open a public dialogue on the significance of sex and sexuality in the public sphere and popular culture today.
Featuring artists David Folk, Jean-Rene LeBlanc, Kurtis Lesick, Wednesday Lupypciw, Keith Murray, Mireille Perron, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Richard Smolinski, Conference and exhibition produced in conjunction with the University of Calgary, curated by Annette Timm and Michael Taylor and designed by Andreas Puskeiler.
Running January 6 to 22, 2011, the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary presents PopSex! Art, Culture, History, Science. Opening Reception is scheduled for January 6, 2011 at 6pm and an academic conference will be held from January 7-9, 2011 at the University of Calgary and ACAD locations.
ILLINGWORTH KERR GALLERY
Alberta College of Art + Design
1407 14 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2N4R5
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 10 am to 6 pm
Exhibit Openings: Thursdays, 5 to 8 pm