Linda Lovelace, the woman who became an international sensation with the release in 1972 of "Deep Throat" but later repudiated her role in the famous film, will be the focus of a program at the World Erotic Art Museum's 8th Anniversary celebration tomorrow night in South Beach.
"'Deep Throat' was the first major porn movie that everyone went to see. High falutin' people who would never admit to seeing a porn movie now bragged that they saw it. The whole talk of the country was 'have you seen that movie,'" said Naomi Wilzig, the museum owner, who is an erotic art expert.
The Oct. 16 event will feature a presentation by Danforth Prince, publisher of a new book on Lovelace entitled "Linda Lovelace's Deep Throat." He will present a talk entitled "Inside Linda Lovelace's Deep Throat: Degradation, Porno Chic and the Rise of Feminism."
Lovelace became an international star on the basis of the film, but later on claimed that she had been coerced into filming it. She joined the anti-pornography feminist movement, but later said she felt exploited by that side as well. She died in 2002 of injuries sustained in a car accident.
Ordinarily, WEAM would not host an exhibit celebrating Lovelace because the museum celebrates eroticism, not pornography, but Lovelace's later repudiation of porn makes her an interesting figure, said Wilzig. "It should be a very interesting and fun evening," she added.
The program is also of local interest. Much of "Deep Throat" was filmed in a Coconut Grove mansion, and Wilzig's collection includes three pieces of art from the estate, which she will display.
Wilzig opened her 20-room museum in South Beach on Oct. 16, 2005. Although her endeavor was met with skepticism, her priceless collection of erotic art has now become world-famous and Wilzig is a sought-after speaker, honored for her vast knowledge of erotic art and for her philanthropy.
The event, which includes a reception, begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.
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