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Behind Closed Doors – Intimate art from the collections of the Leather Archives & Museum


A selection of works on loan from the collections of the Leather Archives & Museum.  The works depict an intimate and private side of sexuality.  Local artists Ira C. Smith and Ray Castro are featured in the show.  Other artists include Chuck Arnett, Bill Tellman, Sam Steward and Joseph W. Bean.  The show invites spectators to be a voyeur into works drawn as intimate and private.  The exhibit runs at the Pride Center at Equality Park October 4th – 29th, 2010.  The Pride Center is located at 2040 N Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 12pm to 4pm and Thursdays 7pm to 9pm.

Curator’s statement:

As leather and fetish themes become increasingly visible in mass media, more people see a very public performance of this type of sex.  Television and the Internet show us people with whips and chains wearing fetish gear under bright lights and with cameras rolling.  What happens when the cameras are turned off, the lights are brought down and the doors are closed?  Do public and posed images of sex represent your private and intimate thoughts and desires?

 The works selected for this show depict subjects that are not aware, or appear to be not aware, that you are looking at them.  It seems that they don’t notice your inspection, your voyeurism, your lust or your inspired fantasies.  The artists have given us people that are indulging in their sex “behind closed doors”.   

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