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
In interviews, Charlie Kaufman has floated the idea of building a scale-model Las Vegas in Las Vegaswhich would entail building a scale-model scale-model Las Vegas, and within it a . . . well, you get the picture. Thats probably the easiest way to describe Kaufmans dizzily ambitious directorial debut, a non-musical All That Jazz devoted to a terminal case (Philip Seymour Hoffman) riddled with the affliction of the age: impermeable layers of self-awareness, surveillance, and scrutiny that filter the living out of life. On one viewing, theres much in it I neither understand completely nor love, yet if any film resists the demotion of movies to one-time consumables, its this one: a puzzlebox that only starts to unfold after its already been opened.
Jan. 15-28, 9:15 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Jan. 28, 2009