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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
On Oscar night, the appearance of the Best Live Action Shorts category typically prompts a range of responses from viewers, from the simple "Huh" to "Who wants another beer?" It doesn't have to be that way, though. For the third year running, Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International have teamed up to give discerning viewers the chance to see the films in theaters before the awards are handed out. The collections The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films and The 2007 Academy Award Nominated Animated Short Films feature the five nominees in each category, providing pretty much the only opportunity for you to say, "Oh, Philippe Pollet-Villard's work is simply stunning," and not be totally screwing with people.
Feb. 15-22, 2008