Sex Machine

There’s your regular marital aids, and then there’s this: DIY-sex machines.

The dildonics on display are not intended as artwork. The function comes first, and any design that results is coincidental. Most — but not all — lack the ironic message that pervades so much modern artwork. As a result, these inventions resemble a kind of folk art sculpted from the Home Depot palette.

The Museum of Sex has opened an exhibition dedicated to this “vibrant American subculture where sexual adventure, technological ingenuity, and heartfelt personal visions intersect.”