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
Pamela Z can bend her voice with just a flick of her wrist. One of the first musicians to integrate technology into her live performances, Ms. Z changed her name from Pam Brooks when she moved to San Francisco in the mid-'80s and needed a moniker that better encapsulated the experimental direction she wanted to take with her work. At a time when the avant-garde music scene was exploding here, she became known for her beautifully surreal, computer-enhanced compositions that take her own vocals and layer them with other disparate inputs. Over the course of her extensive career, she has made music with found-sound pioneers Negativland, bounced ideas off of ambient god Brian Eno, and collaborated with Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. She is a fixture at the walk-through solstice concerts at Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes, just as comfortable working her magic in a mausoleum as she is at Lincoln Center. Now the SF Art Institute brings Pamela Z to their picturesque campus for the latest installment of their Graduate Lecture Series. Whether she is performing with an android-like glove or constructing an X-Ray machine that can whisper secrets, this is an artist unafraid to push boundaries. Get a glimpse into her creative process and learn what mind-blowing tech innovations she plans to lay on us next.
Sat., July 7, 6:30 p.m., 2012