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
This may come as some surprise, but there's more on YouTube than Lady Gaga videos and home movies of cats cuddling with sheep. Plumb the services depths, past the clips of men getting hit in the balls with home appliances, and YouTubes endless archives can reveal some profoundly surreal shit. The Extreme Animals Sit Down: Music Is A Question with No Answer is a live presentation using that other YouTube; it mashes up bizarre clips, live music, dancing, and theatrical flourishes in a display of thoroughly contemporary performance art. On a brief tour around the country, the Extreme Animals, a high-NRG electro outfit whose digital blips and bloops hold an intensity rare for electronic music, have presented a multimedia sensory assault. Riffing on the hyperactive obsession with youth that characterizes so many online videos, Jacob Ciocci and David Wightman consider the primacy of tween culture in the current attention economy, and they juxtapose displays of adolescent self-obsession (such as the now-notorious haul videos) against Saturday morning cartoons and sound collages. What might sound painfully academic on paper is raw and visceral in practice: Its uneasy listening for people with strong stomachs and a taste for transmedia overload. If thats you, there are few deconstructions of the cultural moment as bracing and revealing as this.
Tue., Sept. 7, 9 p.m., 2010