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
Alonzo King LINES Ballet celebrates its 30th year as a leading light in contemporary ballet in its spring season. In a new collaborative work, King sets his lapidary choreog-raphy to music by Grammy-award winning double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, performed before an illuminated wall of water created by Academy Award-winning fog and water specialist Jim Doyle. The program will also include excerpts of LINES Ballet repertoire from the past three decades, including King’s acclaimed Ocean (1994). King refers to his pieces as “thought-structures”; his 12 extraordinary dancers use their long-limbed virtuosity to embody works of cerebral abstraction that tran-scend the classical idiom. A special gala will be held April 20; post- and pre-performance talks with King and Meyer will be held April 21 and 24, respectively.
April 19-21; April 24-28, 2013