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
Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
The Jesuit university is proud of its current art exhibit, a collection of items salvaged from shipwrecks -- quite literally sunken treasure. "Galleons and Globalization" is made up of items found on wrecked "Manila Galleons," Spanish trade ships that sailed between Manila and Acapulco during the 16th through the 19th centuries. The boats trafficked in a wide variety of goods, including pre-Mission religious items (California had yet to be colonized by Europeans during most of that time.) Some might see "a Chumash basket woven with the Spanish imperial coat of arms" as evidence not only of the birth of globalization and intercultural exchange, but something more sinister and less consensual. Regardless, five-hundred-year-old stuff from the bottom of the ocean is fascinating, and this exhibit is unique and unprecedented; definitely required viewing for sailing-history nerds -- yes, we know you're out there.
Aug. 27-Dec. 19, 2010