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
Before every dream vacation in a faraway land comes the agony of the long-haul plane flight. We always fantasize about being magically upgraded out of economy, but we always find ourselves in steerage, where the aisles are narrow and the seats barely recline. Making art is probably not the first thing that occurs to the average person , but artist Nina Katchadourian is definitely not the average person. Known for conceptual pieces in which she has mended broken spider webs with thread or organized the cars in a parking lot by color, Katchadourian always brings a lively sense of humor and a keen observational eye to her practice. In March 2010 she pulled out her camera phone on a flight and started improvising with the materials she had on hand, and to this day she has amassed more than 2,500 images and videos in this ongoing body of work she calls “Seat Assignments.” Paper toilet seat covers and inflatable neck pillows transform into elaborate ruffles and headpieces in the hilarious Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style, while in the Buckleheads series she surreptitiously snaps pictures of her fellow passengers by capturing their faces reflected in her seatbelt. In-flight magazines and travel guides serve as the components for collages, and even the ubiquitous in-flight salty snacks find new uses on her tray table as she arranges them into patterns. Planning a trip that involves air travel? Her work is inspiration on how to make the flights less miserable.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 14. Continues through May 26, 2012