Obscene Diary at the Museum of Sex

Friday November 4, 2011

Samuel Stewards sexual life on display at the museum of sex
via NYTimes


“Obscene Diary” is a new exhibition which launched at the Museum of Sex here in NoMad on July 14, 2011. The exhibit is an incredibly extensive documentation of professor and tattoo artist Samuel Steward, in which he chronicled his sex life in drawings, letters, photographs, sexual paraphernalia and other items. In keeping records of each aspect of his life, he has created an extraordinary documentation of gay life in the 1950s. Some of Steward’s self documentation in “Obscene Diary” included a catalogue of every partner and sex act, illustrated through photos, diary entries, sexual record keeping, explicit drawings and erotic literature.

The artifacts were recovered from a San Francisco attic in 2001, and recently formed the basis of the widely acclaimed biography, Secret Historian: The Life,and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade. The biography provides an amazing portrait of not only Samuel Steward, but of an entire generation of men who lived in the years before Stonewall, when it was dangerous to be openly homosexual. “Obscene Diary” is presented for the first time to the public through this exhibit, and is an incredible look into one mans life.

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