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
Finding an apartment in the city these days is difficult, to put it mildly. Once we’ve found that almost-perfect space most of us are content to merely crash there every night among our meagre possessions. However, some enterprising city-dwellers’ homes double as an extension of their art practice. Since 2001, artist Chris Sollars has been inviting other creatives into the space he shares with fellow artist Alison Pebworth to experiment as they see fit, resulting in art shows, music performances, participatory meals, and futon wrestling. Kelly Lynn Jones is the latest invitee, and her project in the space is called “An Abridged Visual Mapping of a Place of My Own within the Context of 667 Shotwell.” As a purveyor of fine art prints and ephemera on the website Little Paper Planes, Jones is interested in how Sollars and Pebworth curate their own lives within the four walls of their home. Poking around the space, Jones took a particular shine to their books and to other scattered small objects, and she has installed her own recreations of those objects not far from the originals. The project provides clever commentary on the relationship we have to our stuff and how it might define us to an outsider. E-mail email@example.com to arrange a viewing.
Nov. 2-Dec. 8, 2012