I visited Naomi Wilzig's, World Erotic Art Museum this summer. Well, where do i start? The dusty objects laid out in the rather cold and clinical cabinets were all rather tiresome. Stuff you wouldn't look twice at if you saw it at an antiques market. The contemporary paintings were just awful and i felt Naomi Wilzig's mission statement must have read "Stick the whole lot up; quantity is quality" Most were student like attempts at misguided self expression. I admire her for what she has tried to do, however he whole atmosphere was one of un-sexy.
This is not a museum, it's a tawdry personal collection expressing an old lady's view of sexuality; Artistic cobwebs on an otherwise closed zipper, it all just lacks any imagination and thrust.
I cannot imagine for one moment that the museum makes a profit, one of the employees did give away one cryptic clue; that the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM)was seldom busy and that Ms Wilzig's fortunes were in fact what kept it alive...i use the term 'alive' loosely!
I have since heard that Naomi Wilzig's World Erotic Art Museum will close, the Wall Street crisis and US credit crunch the likely contributors to her decision. I haven't been to Miami since August, maybe it has in fact already closed? It is on definately on the cards, and i think evident that erotic art museums do not share much of a relationship with public interest. Indeed Hustler over the road id more in tune with Miami Beach taste.Brave attempt but an obvious non-money maker / crowd puller. I would imagine if the museum gave away free $15 admission tickets it would still be empty!!!
Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Some of the reviews above are very valid and anyone who has commented on just how fine the collection is obviously hasn't a clue about art. They just like to go along with the bullshit and the general ignorance of most Americans regarding this theme. I am a former BBC World Television presenter for the arts...so before you wonder why i am so critical? It's my job!* One dull star. Awful not Awesome.Rosa Cruz MA Hons.