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 Lynne Kaufman's first play, The Couch, a man cheats on his wife, and she tolerates it -- and not just because that man is Carl Jung. For Amy Glazer, who's directing the play for 3Girls Theatre's second annual Celebration of Women's History Month Festival, this show is less "Stand by Your Man" than it sounds; told from the woman's point of view, it lets the leading lady be a real person rather than an archetype of womanhood. Carl (Peter Ruocco) and Emma Jung (Courtney Walsh), Glazer says, are a "bohemian family." For them, it would be "provincial" to have "a righteous way of imagining what family is or should be." Carl's affair with the "angst-ridden sexual being" that is Toni Wolfe (Maggie Mason) "ends up being freeing for [Emma], a great opportunity for her to do her work." (Emma was also a psychoanalyst and author.) "The impulse to do this play at this moment is smart and timely," says Glazer. "It's still going to be controversial." It's also going to be deeply funny. Passionate as the characters are about their intellectual work, they're not very perceptive about themselves, creating humor that's part-Chekhovian, says Glazer, part-farcical, and part-Jewish. With Louis Parnell as Jung's even more famous mentor.
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