While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
Colin Tilley's video for Kendrick Lamar's "Alright"
Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but Colin Tilley, the director of the music video for Lamar's song "Alright" — which was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and was performed by the artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards — is Berkeley-born and -raised.
For seven decades, Pablo Picasso set the standard for what art could be. Cubism and abstract figuratives were born through his canvases. African motifs entered Western art via his avid experimentation. He helped create genres that others imitated but could never really duplicate. All this is laid out, more or less, in "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris," which acts as a streamlined career retrospective. The Blue Period Picasso's early years, when he emphasized the color blue to accentuate a feeling of aloneness and troubling times is nicely represented here by La Célestine, a 1904 work. Carlota Valdivia, who posed for it, ran a brothel. (Picasso wasn't a theoretical painter. He wanted to get in the dirt with others.) Of the periods on view, the most surprising might be Neoclassicism (1918-1924), when Picasso alternated between new strains of Cubism and more straightforward representations of people from mythology and his personal circle. His new wife, the ballerina Olga Khokhlova, was a calming influence and became the subject of his paintings, but that didn't last. They separated in 1935, and he moved on to other women and styles, including Surrealism and the distorted figures with bulging eyes and misshapen limbs. Maar, Picasso's paramour from 1936 to 1943 (when she was superseded by Françoise Gilot), is ravishing and tormented in the poses he demanded of her. His figurative work is impressive too. His portrait of Gertrude Stein, for example (on view at SFMOMA during its excellent "Steins Collect"), captures her intellectual high-mindedness and imposing girth with an insight that was never matched by the many other artists who painted her. Picasso intuited his subjects better than they intuited themselves, and he was unafraid of their reactions. In his art, he mined his own rage and tempestuousness. As this exhibit points out, he once said, "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 11. Continues through Oct. 9, 2011