Secret Museums_lowres


Peter Woditsch's Secret Museums takes viewers on a wonderfully graphic tour of erotic art largely kept from public view, and almost none of it publishable here with this preview (sorry). In a world inundated with crass depictions of sexuality (porn, advertising), much of the work seems vibrant, celebratory and almost charmingly innocent. But its unavoidable prurience has relegated work by artists and writers from Picasso to Voltaire to private collections and the sequestered archives of museums, where it is only available to curators and scholars. The film starts by asking what is out there, preserved in these secret hoards — including that of the Vatican, which reportedly has a particularly large collection? But the greater question is why the work is kept from public view, even by public museums, and what interest that serves? Most of the film is shot in Europe, and much of it is subtitled in English. Secret Museums is one of several films in Zeitgeist's "Sex in The Central City" series, which addresses sex and sexuality in a slate supported by the John Burton Harter Charitable Trust. Tickets $7 general admission, $6 students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members. — Will Coviello

June 1-3

Secret Museums

7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;