The Dirty Show 2013

Feeling dirty?


The 14th of this month, Valentine’s Day, is a day to celebrate love. This year, however, the number 14 is also significant to love’s seedier carnal kin, lust, as the annual erotic art exhibition The Dirty Show celebrates its 14th year in Detroit.

Conceived in 2000 by Jerry Vile, former publisher of the defunct Orbit magazine, The Dirty Show consists of still shots, sculptures, and live spectacles of varying degrees of erotica.

The exhibit is certainly not for the faint of heart. One highlight of this year’s show, Between Nothingness and Paradise, is a sculptural installation of three taxidermy horses by New York-based artist Gregory de la Haba. Because of the explicit nature of the piece, The Dirty Show marks only the third time it will be showcased.

“There’s not a lot of places that this work can be seen, and that’s what makes this event so fun,” says Vile (real name Jerry Peterson).

The Dirty Show team receives thousands of submissions from around the world each year, but Detroit artists make up the bulk of the exhibited work.

“I think it’s Detroit that makes us like we are,” Vile says. “It’s the people.”

Anyone over 21 and curious is welcome, so long as their sense of humor is intact. The absurdity of many of the pieces has come to be a show mainstay. “There’s a lot of laughter in The Dirty Show,” Vile says. “We’re not good at being pretentious. We really like to have fun.”

The Dirty Show runs Feb. 8-9, 14, and 15-16, at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, 2739 Russell St., Detroit. For tickets and info:
Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Good Reads: Reviews

New and Notable Books

All Shall Be Revealed

Cranbrook Art Museum to host exhibition based on metro Detroit and Flint-area residents’ visits to The Truth Booth

The World on a String

Downtown Detroit’s Puppet Art Theater celebrates stories, folktales, and the art of puppetry from around the globe

The Way It Was

The Way It Was

Former Michigan Gov. G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams at the 1960 Democratic presidential convention in Los Angeles
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Top Docs List 2016
  2. Curing Implicit Bias
    How thoughts and perceptions health care providers unconsciously harbor can affect health care...
  3. Tip of the Mitt Shakes Up the Michigan Wine Map
    State gains first new AVA in nearly three decades
  4. Champion For Children
    Dr. Mona gained fame as a ‘water warrior,’ but her long-term crusade is fixing all of...
  5. Clearing The Air
    Living in Wayne County’s polluted ZIP codes has been linked to asthma and other health...
  6. Saluti to a Giant
    St. Julian’s David Braganini helped cement Michigan’s reputation for excellence
  7. Our Cups Runneth Over
    Michigan brewers continue to win international acclaim, but local consumers are the real winners