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
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
“Audience” does not always equal “spectator.” Have you ever bulled into the thick of a mosh pit, body-surfed at an outdoor festival, or thrilled to the collective power of a political rally? These scenarios and others are presented for what they are -- and aren’t -- in “Audience as Subject, Part 2: Extra Large.” In this multimedia exhibit a dozen artists, including Andrea Bowers and Gonzalo Lebrija, focus on the crowd rather than what’s happening on stage. Sometimes their work is simply unfiltered documentation (video and photography). Others are more personal interpretation, through drawing or painting. Regardless of the medium, the common thread is training the lens on the people to capture the nuances of attitude, interaction, and personality. If you’ve ever seen the multitude of cell-cams light up a concert hall or looked into the fight-filled eyes of Occupy protesters, you know this is rich territory for dialogue on the whys and hows of mob behavior. We humans are pack animals, social in the extreme. Even today, when digital connection trumps face-to-face communication, we need to spend physical time with others who think and feel like we do. At tonight’s opening, groove with DJ Sake-Onederful and gaze wide-eyed at a Butoh performance by Deborah Butler. And rest assured, cameras will record your every move.
Thursdays-Sundays; First Tuesday of every month. Starts: Feb. 17. Continues through May 1, 2012