Since photography was invented in the 1800s, one of the most popular subjects has been the female figure. This month, a broad range of provocative, humorous and surreal images are displayed in the new art show, ‘Exposure: The Female Nude in Photography.’ Pulled from a private collection, the images span the late 19th century to today, and many have never been seen publicly. The exhibit also features some of the most prominent names in photography, including the pioneering Imogen Cunningham and the controversial Robert Mapplethorpe. Live music and refreshments accompany the photos when “Exposure” opens with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Art Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. $15. 707.579.1500.