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WEAM – World Erotic Art Museum

Monday I shall be visiting WEAM (World Erotic Art Museum) in Miami, South Beach, Florida – join me?




Founded in 2005 ,  WEAM is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to fine erotic art.  In a remarkably short time for a still private collection, WEAM has developed one of the world’s most renowned permanent museums for this genre.

Today the WEAM Collection includes over 4000 works of international art, ranging from 300 BCE to the immediate present. In terms of its quality, diversity and incomparable profile of erotic art, the WEAM stands out clearly from other museum collections.

Alongside its mission to familiarize the general public with erotic art, the WEAM’s other prime objective is the ongoing expansion of its Collection.  We collect, preserve and present works of erotic art of the highest quality from diverse cultures. We embrace our responsibility to engage and educate our community, to contribute to cultural knowledge of erotic art in history.

WEAM’S vision is expressed in the breadth and depth of its exhibition program. In 2011 WEAM premiered the first US exhibition of rare erotic Rembrandt Etchings, In 2012 we arranged the first Solo show of Helmut Newton in Florida in Cooperation with the MDM in Salzburg.

Founded on the Collection of Naomi Wilzig, WEAM is today an ever growing institution devoted to  erotic art and with this focus it is a unique institution in the world.


Naomi Wilzig

Biography: Naomi Wilzig (Miss Naomi) Nee/Naomi Sisselman


Born in Newark, N.J. , 12/5/34

Father was H. Jerome Sisselman, known as Hackensack Meadowlands Czar (amassed huge tract of land to build Berry”s Creek Center, which was tabled after estate battle of his six children. Remaining sister, Rachel Araten, living in Israel

Married Siggi B. Wilzig, 12/31/1953

Siggi Wilzig, an Auschwitz survivor, was CEO and President of The Trust Company of New Jersey, a major N.J. bank until his death in 2003

Three children, Ivan, known as Sir Ivan, the Peaceman, recording artist for Arista records and founder of the Peaceman Charitable foundation of which Naomi is a trustee. Sherry Izak, CEO of Wilshire Enterprises, listed on the AMEX, two children, Jesse and Jonathan Alan, former president of Trustcompany Bank, now a real estate developer Wife Karin, son Siggi and daughter Winni.

Graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark, N.J. Attended Montclair State Teachers College. Lived most of married life in Clifton, New Jersey. Life Member and a Founder of Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel. Member President’s Club of Israel Bonds, Life Member of Cong. Adas Israel Synagogue in Passaic, N.J. And only woman ever honored as Woman of the Year

Life member, and director of Daughters of Miriam Center for the Aged and a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary. Life member Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Pete, Fl. Founder of Parents Association of Cardoza Law School, Yeshiva UniversityMember M. B. Chamber of Commerce

Member of the American Association of Museums

Member Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

Member of Greater Miami Latin Chamber of Commerce

Member of Greater Miami Beach Hotel Association

Member of Greater Miami Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce,

Founder of the Wilzig Hospital Center, Jersey City, N.J

Authored Lifeline to Eternity, an award winning script on Jewish identity

Authored The Suffering Survivor, a poetic account of the Holocaust

Authored 5 books on her personal erotic art collection:Forbidden Art the World of Erotica, Visions of Erotica, Erotic Secrets, Erotic Treasures and Erotic Wonders.

Founder and president of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach, Florida, 2005

Guest lecturer at Pasco Hernando Community College\Recipient of Key to the City of Miami Beach on first anniversary of WEAM, Oct. 2006

Named as one of Leading Power Women in South Florida, , Sun Post newspaper, Oct. 2007

Named as one of the 100 power people of greater Miami by the Miami International Magazine, 2008

Recipient of Honorary Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J. 2009

Member of Board of Directors of Miami Beach Holocaust Foundation

Donate first Torah to the Chabad of South Beach in Dec. 2009.

Recognized by City of Miami Beach in proclamation as World Erotic Art Museum Day, October, 2010

Chosen as Business Person of the Year by the Greater Miami Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, 2011

Awarded degree of Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa Sexology/Erotology, Mar. 12, 2011By the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, state of California

Oct. 16, 2011, Proclaimed “Naomi Wilzig Day” by the city of Miami Beach on the 7th anniversary of the World Erotic Art Museum upon public investiture of Doctorate degree.

6/11/2013 Naomi Wilzig was appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Board of Directors of the College of Architecture + Art of Florida International University

7/10/2013 Naomi Wilzig was keynote speaker at the First Amendment Lawyers Association meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

1/15/14 Naomi Wilzig was guest speaker at the opening meeting of the Citizens Interested in the Arts organization

June 30, 2014

The Queen of Erotic Art

By Mary Damiano

Naomi Wilzig, owner of the World Erotic Art Museum.

Some years back, Naomi Wilzig thought her doctor, an Orthodox Jew, would criticize her for growing hobby of collecting erotic art. The doctor’s response to Wilzig’s unique passion?

Whatever makes you get up and go each day, and is a challenge for your life, and gives you an interest, is what keeps you healthy and young.”

Wilzig has a lot of reasons to get up each day. She is the founder and owner of the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach,. She is well-known and respected in the art world as an authority on erotic art. She has a thriving family of children and grandchildren. And she’s about to add another item to the list—the Naomi Wilzig Art and Charity Foundation, which she’s launching in celebration of her 75th birthday.

“I’ve always been very busy, but I’m very organized,” says Wilzig. “I’ve always been very lucky that whatever I’ve tried to do, I’ve been fairly successful.”

With all of Wilzig’s accomplishments—raising a family, writing five books, opening a museum—she sees her latest endeavor as the next logical step. The foundation will be an umbrella organization that will give funds to local organizations in need, including hospitals, cancer research, cancer care, AIDS programs, and Holocaust foundations.

Wilzig’s passion for erotic art began more than 20 years ago, when her eldest son, Sir Ivan, a recording artist, asked her to pick out a few erotic art pieces for his swanky new apartment. Wilzig, who always loved collecting antiques, discovered a whole new avenue of collecting, which lead her down a new life path of self-discovery.

The Jewish grandmother traveled the world collecting erotic art pieces and amassed one of the largest collections in the world. Along the way, she reinvented herself as a force in the art world, the Queen of Erotic Art, as Ivan dubbed her.

Wilzig opened up the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach in October 2005 because she felt her collection should be seen and enjoyed by the public. Her warm, grandmotherly visage was soon the face of erotic art, smiling from her taxi cab advertisements, inviting residents and tourists to come to her museum.

“I’ve received both pro and con comments about that,” says Wilzig of her moving advertisements. “I originally did it because I wanted people to realize that it’s not some quack organization, it’s not some pornographic type of thing. I wanted people to feel comfortable with the idea of coming to the museum, because it really is a fine art museum. I’ve had people say it can’t be very interesting if an old lady is running it.”

Wilzig says her biggest challenge in the four years since WEAM opened its doors is overcoming the stigma of erotic art.

“There are many people who are challenged by the idea of coming in,” says Wilzig. “They are presuming that erotic means pornographic. We are fine art. They don’t realize the potential and experience of coming in and discovering 12,000 square feet of erotic art from all over the world.

“So many people are unaware that erotic art has been created throughout the centuries,” Wilzig continues. “They have such a narrow-minded vision without realizing that without eroticism, without the sexual acts which are depicted, there would be no people. What the art does is visualizes the thoughts and activities of habits of people throughout the ages.”

Wilzig explains that much of the early erotic art was meant as fertility symbols, encouraging people to go forth and multiply.

In addition to being open to the general public, WEAM has become a popular spot for organizations—everyone from a gay men’s leather group to a Hadassah group—to hold meetings, parties, fundraisers and get-togethers. She recalls an elderly group of women who visited the museum on the insistence of their middle-aged daughters who had experienced WEAM with their Hadassah organization.

“I feel that I have done something important in creating the museum,” says Wilzig. “I didn’t realize it at the time how important it would become. For the most part people have welcomed it and are fascinated by it. We just want to keep getting that message out there that this is not pornography.”

Wilzig is most proud that WEAM has found validation from academia. Professors from other cultures have visited WEAM, commenting to Wilzig that nothing like it exists in their country. And she is very proud that human sexuality professors at various local colleges send their students to WEAM so they can better visualize what’s being taught in class. Recently, students from a sex therapists’ training institute also visited WEAM.

“For colleges to accept it and recognize the importance of it is really very satisfying to me,” says Wilzig.

Visit website for some beautiful photographs of extensive collection:


Exhibit – That’s So Gay: Outing Early America – The Library Company of Philadelphia

The following information has been taken from the Library Company of Philadelphia events and home page. I shall admit while getting lost in the abyss of the Internet I found this institution. I have lived in Philadelphia for a decade and had never heard of the Library Company. Join me June 30th for the reception of the exhibit, That’s So Gay: Outing Early America.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Reception at the Library Company with an opportunity to view the exhibition “That’s So Gay,” followed by a concert by Philadelphia Voices of Pride at the William Way LGBT Community Center.  Philadelphia Voices of Pride is a vocal ensemble devoted to promoting a positive image of the LGBT community. The concert will draw inspiration from the Library Company’s sheet music collection. In addition, the tap dancing group Men on Tap will perform their hit number “Light in the Loafers.”


(February 10 – October 17, 2014)

The exhibition That’s So Gay: Outing Early America will show that – like African Americana and women’s history – the abundance of resources documenting homosexuality at the Library Company merely needs to be revealed. To paraphrase the late gay activist Harry Hay (1912-2002), history knows more about gay people than it knows it knows.

How can we know whether someone was gay? There are many answers to that question, but ultimately we cannot know whether a person who lived in the past would be called lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender today.

That does not mean that we cannot study gay history. Individuals took part in same-sex relationships, wrote poems and novels celebrating such relationships, deviated from gender norms, and suffered for transgressive behavior in ways that are well-documented in the historical record. Gayness can also be considered a shared cultural experience based on an intrinsically gay outlook on the world.

“That’s So Gay” Exhibition Open in the Evening, June 9-13, 2014

To celebrate Gay Pride Month, the Library Company will extend the hours for its exhibition gallery until 8 p.m. the week of June 9th.  Come see “That’s So Gay: Outing Early America.” No reservations required.

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art.  Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America’s oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800.  The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War.

The mission of the Library Company is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials in our care. We serve a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and internationally, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs.



Ancient Sexuality before Kama Sutra, Monica Day – The Sensual Life WorkShop

25% discount for Monica Day’s ‘Essensual Experience: An Immersive Weekend Exploration of Sensual Courage, Creativity, and Confidence. February 21-23, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Below: Article on 4,000 Year Old Erotica

Monica Day can be viewed performing/reading on video to the right of the Erotic Literary Salon’s Home page.

Monica will be the featured presenter for the special Valentine’s Erotic Literary Salon-Live in Philadelphia, February 18th.

Excerpt from Essensual Experience Flier:

Introduction to the Essensual Experience provides a safe space to explore, experience, and express your sensuality. During three immersive days, you will discover the wisdom and power that is possible when you are comfortable in your own skin, and able to share who you are more fully and honestly.

“AMAZING! Life changing…opened up
my communication with everyone in a whole new way. Made me less afraid to express myself and how I truly feel. I have the knack for being able to “beat around the bush” with things that are all filler really, and Monica, you really got down to the deep place that I have always been scared to come from. – Sunny Pierce

For more details regarding the workshop:

http://www.thesensuallife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Intro-to-the-Essensual-Experience-Monica-Day.pdf When you contact Monica, tell her where you saw this ad and she will extend you the 25% discount. A most generous offer.

4,000-year-old erotica depicts a strikingly racy ancient sexuality

Clay plaquesClay plaques at The Israel Museum, made 1,500 years before the Kama Sutra, display graphically that Old Babylonian culture held an ‘exalted’ view of sex

BY ILAN BEN ZION January 17, 2014, 3:09 pm

Excerpts from Times of Israel Article:

Museums are often misconstrued as dusty and lifeless — the least likely place to find something hot and steamy. But the Ancient Near East section in The Israel Museum’s Archaeology Wing features rare erotic art from the land between the rivers (Tigris and Euphrates), which predates India’s Kama Sutra by over 1,500 years. Such astonishingly intimate works reveal a side to the ancient Near East that contrasts sharply with the modesty prevalent in the modern Middle East.

Two clay plaques, small enough to hold in your palm, depict couples copulating in remarkable detail. Dating from the early second millennium BCE, the Old Babylonian period, they come from a 300-year window when mass-produced terra cotta plaques were popular, including those that exhibit sexual acts.

Mesopotamian erotica was “really something racy,” Laura A. Peri, curator of Western Asiatic Antiquities, said when we met in the labyrinthine bowels of the museum. “It’s not all, you know, missionary and that’s it.”

The first plaque shows a man penetrating a woman from behind, while standing. The second, slightly smaller one, depicts a man and woman in a similar position, with the woman drinking beer through a straw from a jug.

According to Dr. Julia Assante, a Near Eastern social historian, the woman drinking beer from a straw was not just a reflection of lifelike sexual encounters, but was “undoubtedly a [visual pun].” The straw in the woman’s mouth and the man raising a cup of wine to his lips were symbolic of performing oral sex on their respective partners. The Babylonians, Assante writes, held “an exalted cultural view of sex as inducing an altered state of wonder.”

Read more: 4,000-year-old erotica depicts a strikingly racy ancient sexuality | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/4000-year-old-erotica-depicts-a-strikingly-racy-ancient-sexuality/#ixzz2rQMhZvT0
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Shunga – British Museum’s Japanese Erotic Art Show – 16 +

I enjoy viewing and collecting erotic art. Shunga is one of my favorite styles of art. If I could only find my way to England this Fall. I qualify, over 16.

Seitei School Print

British Museum’s Japanese erotic art show only for over 16s

Erotic paintings will go on show at The British Museum this autumn as part of an exhibition about Japanese sex – but access is restricted to over-16s.

By Alice Vincent, Entertainment writer, online

7:00AM BST 26 Jun 2013


The British Museum will open an exhibition of sex in Japan later this year, which will include explicit paintings and illustrations.

Announcing the exhibition during the museum’s annual review, museum director Neil MacGregor said: “sex in Japan is on one level like sex everywhere but on another very different”.

The show will focus on shunga, Japanese art which focus on sex, and why it was produced. Shunga, or spring pictures, originated in Ancient China and were produced in Japan between the 16th and 19th centuries. They sought to depict the sometimes idealised sexual relations between ordinary people.

Mr MacGregor said that shunga “has its own tradition” in Japanese art.

One of the exhibits on display will be an 18th century screen which depicts a “finishing school for tarts”, which Mr MacGregor said shows “all the skills that the successful tart has to address”.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/museums/10141910/British-Museums-Japanese-erotic-art-show-only-for-over-16s.html