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Art and sex: a Thursday night discussion

From The Big, Big World of Garilyn Brune
From The Big, Big World of Garilyn Brune

Sex -- so ripe with issues of identity, culture, beauty, politics and humanity -- is a fertile topic for artists with the skill, vision and courage to really explore it. But for some reason (wink, wink) many people balk at works that exhibit any measure of sexual frankness. For every door that a Robert Mappelthorpe or a Judy Chicago or a Tom of Finland broke through, the busy gatekeepers of propriety have tried to build another, usually in the name of protecting the innocent.

So there's never a wrong time for artists and the art-minded to talk about "Negotiating the World of Art and Sex," the subject of a panel discussion Thursday evening at the RTZ Gallery in Art Square. The lineup: artist and educator Wendy Kveck; artist and publisher Michael Ogilve; collector Michael Feder; and Sin City Gallery owner and curator Laura Henkel, who mounts the recurring 12 Inches of Sin erotic art exhibit. The moderator will be well-known UNLV women's studies professor and sexuality researcher Lynn Comella.

The event is pegged to The Big, Big World of Garilyn Brune, the current exhibit at RTZ Gallery, a roundup of 70 prints by Brune, who often deals with sexuality.

6 p.m., RTZ Gallery, 1017 First St., in Art Square. It's free. Call 592-2164 for details.