No More Vanilla: Grainger, Pleasure & Pain

Photographs of a man posing in his underwear with a red overlay and accompanying descriptive text
Dr Una McIlnvenna, No More Vanilla: Grainger, Pleasure and Pain

Grainger Museum Gate 13, Royal Parade Parkville

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Amongst the thousands of items in the Grainger Collection is a group of photos and objects relating to sadomasochism which Grainger referred to as the Lust Branch. In this spicy Valentine’s Day event, Dr Una McIlvenna discusses these items and Grainger’s practices and locates them within the broader context of the 1930s.

Dr Una McIlvenna is a specialist in Early Modern History, History of Sexuality and History of Emotions.

Tickets are free.

In 2021 Museums and Collections invited artist and curator Dr David Sequeira to be the University’s inaugural Creative Researcher in Residence at the Grainger. The building was emptied of its contents and David was given access to Grainger’s collection of manuscripts, musical instruments and personal effects.

#brownmaninawhitemuseum is a suite of new installations, curatorial interventions, talks and performance resulting from this residency.

Due to issues associated with the sexually explicit nature of some of this material, viewing is by Public Programs and restricted to ages 18+