ISU Art Gallery to host exhibit from Kinsey Institute collection

September 10, 2010

The University Art Gallery at Indiana State University will host the traveling exhibition "Shape of Us: Selections from the Kinsey Institute Art Collection" Sept. 20 through Oct. 16.

A free public reception and lecture by Catherine Johnson-Roher, curator of art, artifacts and photographs at the Kinsey Institute, is scheduled from 5 - 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the recital hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, 300 N. Seventh St.

Johnson- Roehr has master's degrees in art history from the University of Oregon and library science from Indiana University. As curator at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, she maintains and provides access to a unique collection of artwork, photographs, sexual health materials, erotic novelty items and other artifacts acquired as visual research materials. She works closely with donors to expand the scope of the collection through gifts of artwork and artifacts

"The Shape of Us" focuses specifically on body shape and variation celebrating form and diversity. The show displays the human form in all its variety as well as a commentary on how physical form/shape effects personal identity and sense of self. Featured artists include Mariette Pathy Allen, Laurent Benaïm, Grace Benedict, Lynn Bianchi, John Alexander Scott Coutts, William Dellenback, Eric Godal, Anthony Gordon, Vic Green, Dirk Hooper, Robert Lomis, George Platt Lynes, Brad Miller, Angelo Victor Mercure, Kevin O. Mooney, Dianora Niccolini, Erwin Olaf, Herb Ritts, Michael Rosen, J.D. Talasek, Forrest Solis, Jordon Griffin Tate, Sam Wang, Gilbert Brown Wilson, and Yelena Yahontova.

In conjunction with "Shape of Us," the bathroom installation of "Who Are You?" by Doug Kornfeld can be
viewed in the men's and women's restrooms across the hall from the Art Gallery in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts from Sept. 20 through Oct. 15. Kornfeld has been commissioned by numerous organizations to create site-specific artwork. His piece "The Runner" was commissioned by the Indiana State University Student Recreation Center in 2009. Kornfeld seeks artistic opportunities to draw attention to the implications of symbols in contemporary use. He believes icons of a culture are a reflection of its values and a portrait of its attitudes and beliefs.

The University Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. It hosts exhibitions, visiting artists, and scholars throughout the academic year. Calendars are available at the gallery's front desk. The gallery's mission of exposing cutting edge contemporary art to ISU and Terre Haute would not be possible without the support of Arts Illiana, Indiana Arts Commission, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Art.

Contact: Chrystal Vicars-Pugh, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, 812-237-3787 or cvicars@indstate.edu