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
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Consider Michael Krasny. For nearly 20 years he has kept us company for two hours on weekday mornings on KQED-FM's Forum. He has interviewed hundreds of people, including political heavyweights Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, literary luminaries Salman Rushdie and Norman Mailer, and human-rights pioneers Rosa Parks and Desmond Tutu. He has been an English professor at San Francisco State since 1970. He has also worked for local TV stations KTVU, KRON, and KGO. With so much going on, youd think this man would get tired of asking questions. Youd think that during his downtime (if he has any), hed want to tune out and go hardcore Zen on a houseplant or something. Not a chance. Krasny has traveled the opposite direction. He has written a book ― another book, that is ― asking one of the most confounding inquiries put to our lonely, confused little race: Is there a God? In Spiritual Envy: An Agnostics Quest, Krasny doesnt mimic Richard Dawkins and take apart Big Religion. Rather, he draws from the knowledge of scientists, artists, and political leaders to contemplate morality, eternity, and why people are motivated to do good and bad things if there is no Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. Staying in character, he encourages us to keep asking our own questions, even if we dont get clear answers.
Tue., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2010