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
The director's chair in Hollywood has long been the province of men, with scant few exceptions. So women have gravitated toward more personal forms of cinematic expression, notably ethnography and experimental film. San Francisco and its environs in the 1970s were particularly welcoming to female filmmakers on the fringe, who responded by pushing the rebellious exuberance of 1960s counterculture in more mature and reflective directions. Radical Light: Women of the West '70s Bay Area Experimentalists is a transporting collection of short works from a chaotic and fruitful period. It salutes the publication of the eagerly awaited history, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 19452000. The program evokes a time capsule reopened, with the attendant echoes of nostalgia, premonition, and stunning rediscovery. The filmmakers on view, including such giants as Gunvor Nelson, Dorothy Wiley, and Barbara Hammer, pursued distinctly different ways of integrating identity (read: feminist) politics with personal, poetic impulses. Above all, at a time when women image-makers were obliged to stake out political, ideological, and aesthetic positions, they made authentic, moving art.
Wed., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2010