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
DJ /rupture (Jace Clayton) is a turntable master and producer who wears many funky hats. He hosts the weekly radio program Mudd Up! on New Yorks WFMU, maintains a blog of the same name at www.negrophonic.com, and contributes to the avant-garde electronic music magazine The Wire. He also runs the Dutty Artz label and the New York Tropical club night. In all these endeavors, he achieves a special sonic alchemy by educating listeners to the emerging microstrains of urban music all over the world. But this is perhaps most exciting to witness when he puts on headphones and DJs not with the standard two turntables, but with three record players that each channel a planet full of possibilities. Hes particularly fond of whats bubbling up out of the South American underground, where the traditional strains of cumbia have been mixed and mutated into something thoroughly modern for the dancefloor. This passion makes him a wonderful guest star for monthly club night Tormenta Tropical, which looks to the same region for inspiration.
Sat., March 14, 10 p.m., 2009