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
An entire generation is growing to tweenhood tossed around like popcorn kernels in those inflatable jumpy houses, weekend in and weekend out. We know, because we watch jealously from our picnic blankets in parks throughout the city, weekend in and weekend out. When we were kids, all we had were trampolines, man. At the massive Family Festival, jumpy houses that's right, multiple jumpy houses are only the beginning. Roving circus people, hands-on activities organized by the Exploratorium and the Museum of Modern Art, and the deathless, ancient ritual of communal pumpkin-carving join kid-friendly performances and carousel rides at this enormous excuse to run around screaming.
Sat., Oct. 18, 11 a.m., 2008