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
When people think about street art, they probably think about Banksy and his crew of graffiti rapscallions – hooded figures scuffling under the cover of night. They hear the clinking of spray paint cans and delight in its chemical perfume. But there's a lot that's unglamorous. Though we live in a city that makes us expert in hopscotching over broken glass, garbage, and questionable puddles, we don't equate this reality with street art, even though we should. So when Xavier Prou, a Frenchman better known as Blek le Rat, a pioneer in the form, is finally recognized for 30 years of nose-to-piss service, we take notice. Without Prou, street art wouldn’t be half as popular. Prou has created serene, purposed images that, though transient, helped open visual art to the 99 percent. Prou was dubbed the “godfather of stencil art” because his revolutionary use of the tool encouraged easier, faster, and more precise duplication — a necessity given the not-so-legal nature of the form. Beyond innovation in method, Prou was an important influence in subject. His work examines disregard and consecration, conformity and individuality. It pushes the boundaries of street art beyond property damage into the realms of pop and contemporary art. In “60/30, New Work from Blek le Rat,” his largest show to date, the 60-year-old artist unveils a new, anthologized collection. The show corresponds to the release of a book documenting people, art, and events that have shaped the artist’s life — complete with private family photos, more than 200 images, and the usual stuff published when artists turn retrospective.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 19. Continues through Jan. 7, 2011