Dissertation | Build A Museum

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For my Ph.D. dissertation, I had the opportunity to build a museum.  

My dissertation was unusual as was the graduate program I attended. To create the art facility, I took a phenomenological approach to design, develop, curate and activate a 24,000 sqft art facility. 

I had the great honor of creating the Erotic Heritage Museum with its mission of sex education through art. My graduate studies with the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality was a pioneer in the field of sexology and paved the way for academic studies to be taught in accredited institutions and universities around the world.

I was recruited to work on this project in 2004. The facility was set to open in 2007, but it was delayed and did not open until 2008. The chance to direct and curate the facility once opened provided incredible knowledge, insight and expertise. I directed the facility through 2010. The nonprofit museum closed in 2012 and reopened under new management as a commercial venture. I am happy to know that my design of the facility is serving patrons beautifully to this day.

The Institute closed its doors in 2018. I wish I knew what happened to its extensive and extraordinary library that was the envy of other institutions. I wish I knew what happened to the contents of the 24 warehouses filled with art, ephemera and literature. What I do know is that I am part of an amazing network of educators and health care professionals who have contributed greatly to the world art large and are alumni of the Institute.

As I look back upon the project and rediscovering old files, I decided to organize a project portfolio presenting my years of work, as well as all the outstanding exhibitions that I had the pleasure of curating. It has been an absolute joy to reconnect with Michael GreccoFrancois Dubeau, Steve Diet Goedde, Todji Kurtzman, Rob Logic, Nick Karras, Hector Silva, Niki J Sands, Joseph Watson, Tom of Finland Foundation and so many, many more incredible artists and organizations.

Putting this project together is long overdue!

IASHS Henkel PhD Letter
IASHS Henkel PhD Letter

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