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
And a Tube Shall Lead Them
And lo there comes a day in each childhood when a weapon shall reveal itself, and a child shall seize that weapon, and that child shall proceed to thwack the living shit out of all others, until such time as that weapon the cardboard tube from a roll of giftwrap either peels apart or is seized by a parent. Likewise, it is written that, long after previous generations have set aside childish things, those of youthful heart shall at summers end take up again the armaments of their youth, and again shall they thwack each other, this time with tournament rules, and referees, and cardboard swords called sabers and claymores, and all throughout the kingdom of Saint Francis the people will know this to be awesome. Awesome is what were hoping for today when the warriors (including you, if you want) take the field for a free tournament of gallant whackery in the Cardboard Tube Duel and Costume Contest. Contestants are paired off for duels, which last until one of the swords (provided by the Cardboard Tube Fighting League) is broken. Besides that, look for homemade armor and shields, goofy archaic language, and the inspired fun of childhood all grown up and organized.
Sat., Sept. 17, 11 a.m., 2011