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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Despite what you may have heard, the Internet is not actually made of cats or Charlie Sheen jokes or increasingly idiosyncratic porn. Its made of giant, complex databases that store historys most extensive library of office time-wasters and masturbation fodder. But no matter what kind of online content youre consuming, theres always an abstract, detached quality to the medium. The new sculpture exhibition "Jessica Drenk and Shawn Smith" brings those labyrinthine databases and compressed web images into the physical world. Drenks subjects are the information systems that undergird our global digital infrastructure. She creates minimalist works built from some of the most analog materials imaginable cotton swabs, toothpicks, coffee filters, and other assorted trash. In doing so, her sculptures transform complex digital systems into elegantly simple totems. While Drenk simplifies the impossibly complex, Smiths work resembles tech so archaic that folks born during the Clinton administration might mistake it for analog. His wooden sculptures are meticulous representations of two-dimensional images from the Internet and TV. A goat from a .jpg or an ibex from a nature program are re-created in the physical world, with results that resemble a cross between the pixel art of 8-bit Nintendo games and a giant Jenga puzzle. In both cases, the artists create physical representations of digitized images of the real world, resulting in a deliriously conceptual mindfuck.
April 7-14, 2011