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Friday, 23 August, 2002, 23:26 GMT 00:26 UK
New York to get sex museum
Times Square, New York
New York's night-life pinned down at last
For everything you wanted to know about sex (but were afraid to ask), the answer now may be not the old Woody Allen film but a new museum in the Big Apple.

The establishment set to open in September on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street plans to become an authority on New York's sex life - or the "Smithsonian of sex", as its director Dan Gluck puts it.


Sex is a driving force of humanity, so why isn't there a Museum of Sex?

Dan Gluck
MoSex director
MoSex, as the museum will be known, means to take the visitor through the city's grand old libido - both the sexual revolution and the sleaze - stretching back to the 1830s.

Mr Gluck, who says that his own personal "thing" is museums, believes the city's curators cater for just about everything but his subject.

"I mean, sex is a driving force of humanity, so why isn't there a Museum of Sex?" he asks, in an interview for the Washington Post newspaper.

MoSex's curator, Grady T Turner, says it will be as relevant as ever despite recent efforts to clean up New York's libertarian image.

Perhaps Times Square is becoming better known for its mainstream shops than its prostitutes, but, as Mr Turner points out, sex clubs are booming.

Archives of desire

The collection will start with the murder of a prostitute in the 1830s - the murderer's trial was a boon for New York's gutter press.

It continues on up through the struggle between libertarians and puritans, reaching the sexual revolution of the 1960s and its descent into the sex industry.

Linda Lovelace
The late sex film star Linda Lovelace will feature in the museum

MoSex has a wealth of historical records to draw upon, supplied by, among others, a retired Library of Congress archivist, Ralph Whittington.

The possessor of a vast collection of pornographic literature and film, he confesses: "It's not easy being seen as a porn king."

The museum will also feature materials from the Kinsey Institute and the Lesbian Herstory archives.

But Mr Gluck stresses that he takes no funding from the pornography industry.

As to how the museum will pay its way, he notes that "sex sells" in New York.

His curator, Mr Turner, adds that no-one should be fooled into thinking that the museum tolls the end of Sex in his City.

"This subject isn't going away," he says.

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