VINTAGE SHOTS, INCLUDING THOSE OF “NOTORIOUS” BETTIE PAGE. TO ENTER THE CANON OF THE MUSEUM’S MOST TREASURED WORKS
A rare opportunity to meet Bunny Yeager, the pioneer Miami photographer who through her lenses brought to the world a provocative catalogue of titillating females in a variety of semi-nude poses will be available Tuesday, October 16, at the World Erotic Art Museum, at 7pm., when in celebration of its seventh anniversary, the evening will be dedicated to the iconic artist who will speak to the era of the classic ‘50s when her bikini and leopard-clad ladies dominated the world of the “Pin-Up.”
Legendary for her brilliance in capturing the essential sexuality of women, Yeager’s models, including the equally famed Bettie Page, fill the pages of Petra Mason just-released book, “Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Photography’s Golden Era.” Still at work at her Miami Shores home, several of Yeager’s photos will find a permanent home in the museum which in recent months has stepped up its position as one of the world’s most honored museums via such exhibits, Rembrandt’s Erotic Secrets and, still on exhibit through November, Bruno Barnard’s “The Magic of Marilyn.”
Launched on October, 16, 2005, literally seven years to the day, owner/curator Naomi Wilzig opened the doors to the 12,000 square feet of carpeted walkways and fascinating rooms that house her priceless personal collection of erotica. Now established and host to educators, charitable institutions, ethnicities of every faith and persuasion, the museum has become a must-see for scores of national and international tourists as well as for local residents. Most recently, owner Naomi Wilzig opened WEAM Contemporary around the corner at 235 12th Street where curator Helmut Schuster plans a continuing series of new and upcoming artists.
The World Erotic Art Museum is at 1205 Washington Ave. Mon-Thurs, 11 A.M. to 10 P.M.; Friday, Saturday. 11 A.M. to Midnight. Tickets are $15. No one under 18 admitted. Information is available by calling 305-532-9336 or here.