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
Fashion illustration? You mean drawings of models with cheekbones that double as letter openers and enormous '80s shoulder pads? Thalia Stratton -- whose collectors include former Mayor Art Agnos -- injects a few of those, just to prove she can do it. Her darker work sketched behind the scenes in the dressing room proves that she can do even more. She is one of eight women exhibiting in "Fashionably Drawn: A Femme Cartel Art Show," curated by Emily “Femily” Howe and Christina Bohn. The show is billed as “a playful, edgy, cheeky show about powerful femmes, feminists, and females living large and rocking their own unique styles, personalities, and visions,” and pushes fashion way past traditional boundaries. The women in Renee “Lady Reni” Castro’s works, for example, sport a variation on the ribcage corset she debuted in 2010 in her painting La Llorona or a full bison hide headdress, neither exactly prêt-à-porter. While Castro’s tatted models flaunt fabulously un-petite booties and sensual bellies, Eliza Frye’s heroines are slender, bordering on waifish, but that’s where their resemblance to the untouchable denizens of the catwalk ends. Eyes smudged and knuckles bloodied, they mirror '20s starlets after one hell of a wild night. Frye writes, “I approach my work the same way I approach my love letters.” Lucky is the recipient.
July 20-Aug. 6, 2012