May 30, 1943
|Known for||Founder, Déjà Vu Showgirls|
Harry Mohney (born May 30, 1943) is the founder of Déjà Vu, a U.S. company which (as of 2006) owns about 132 strip clubs in 36 U.S. states, as well as one club in Toronto, Canada and one in Paris, France.
Déjà Vu is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan; it was founded and is controlled by Harry Mohney, who partners with Roger Forbes and who opened his first Déjà Vu strip club in Seattle in 1987. At the time, his main business was the large-scale distribution of pornography.
The gentleman clubs are called "Déjà Vu Showgirls", "Little Darlings" or "Dream Girls" or (by agreement with Mohney's long-time friends Jimmy Flynt and Larry Flynt who are not involved in the management of the clubs) "Larry Flynt's Hustler Club" and "Hustler Barely Legal". Déjà Vu also owns most of the adult theatres and clubs in San Francisco, but these however carry different names.
The clubs typically aim for a clean and upscale atmosphere, and they offer fully nude or topless stage dancing as well as lap dances. Many do not serve alcohol, to avoid stringent liquor license requirements. Several clubs have Love Boutiques selling adult toys, cigars, Déjà Vu merchandise, lingerie, etc.. The chain used to organize nation-wide competitions for the "Déjà Vu Showgirl of the Year", "Showgirl Spectacular" and "Pole Princess", but these competitions were ended in 2010.
Reuben Sturman Lifetime Achievement Award
Erotic Heritage Museum
The Erotic Heritage Museum (EHM) is a 24,000 sq ft (2,200 m2) area with 17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2) dedicated to displays on the history of erotica, and it is located at 3275 Industrial Road in Paradise, Nevada. Mohney is the museum's grand patron. The museum opened on August 2, 2008.
The museum is under the direction of Curator, Dr. Ted McIlvenna and Resident Curator Dorian Gomez. Dr. McIlvenna, of the Exodus Trust, houses portions of his archives in the Erotic Heritage Museum. The Exodus Trust archives consist of 40 years of collecting and preservation of all genres of the erotic imagination. The Exodus Trust also owns and manages the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, California, which offers degrees related to human sexuality and sexual health. The museum also has erotic photography, film and artifacts from around the world. Both international and local artists are also featured at the museum, and erotic films from the early 1900s are highlighted at the museum. The Erotic Heritage Museum also holds workshops, lectures, film clubs and live performances of erotic poetry, dance and music.
The Museum seeks to bridge the gap between that which is commercial, and often misidentified as pornographic, with that which is aesthetic, often identified as folk, pop and fine art through a common visual language. In keeping with the legacy of the American Sexual Revolution, the Museum is dedicated to the belief that sexual pleasure and fun are natural aspects of the human experience, that such pleasure must be made available to all, and that our individual sexuality belongs to each of us.