CSC Gallery - Letters to a Porn Star: Nina Hartley Fan Mail
February 1- March 18th
Receptions: February 1st and March 1st, 7-10 pm
Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St. (between 9th and 10th), San Francisco
Short talk at 8pm with Ingrid Olson, CSC Research Fellow whose curatorial project in the CSC Nina Hartley Collection inspired this show
The Center for Sex and Culture gallery is proud to present Letters to a Porn Star: Nina Hartley Fan Mail. These letters, from our archive, address diverse concerns and interests from requests for membership information on Hartley’s fan club, to commentary on her activism against censorship and questions seeking advice on sexual health. Spanning the amusing, the downright sexy and the touchingly serious, these letters are a fascinating read. The letters are presented along with drawings and gifts from her fans.
Nina Hartley’s first adult entertainment film, Educating Nina, was shot in 1984. She has featured in over 650 first-run adult films, and has become one of the most enduring and recognizable performers in the industry. She has won the most AVN awards of any star in history and was the first working porn actress to crossover to “real acting” with a part in Boogie Nights. Hartley has created many sexual education videos as director, producer and sex educator. She has been a vocal anti-censorship activist fighting for pornography’s right to exist and is on the board-of-directors at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.
Please join us for this glimpse in to the impact she has had on people and the fascinating results of her inevitable role as a screen on to which a wide variety of individuals project their sexual thoughts and their often unique understanding of sexuality.