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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
Do people even remember rehabilitation? It has nothing to do with Amy Winehouse; instead, it's a theory about what to do with criminals once they're in prison. Reduce recidivism, remember? Make it so prisoners can live in regular society once they get out (thus saving tax dollars)? San Quentin Prison was bitten by the rehab bug many years ago, and has long had an Arts-in-Corrections program but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent budget concepts mean it's ending. City Lights Publishers recently completed the highly relevant Prison/Culture, a major art book displaying art made by, for, and about prisoners, with the intense participation of Intersection for the Arts and San Francisco State University. Large-format, high-quality reproductions feature the work of well-known prison artist William Noguera, among many other artists from "inside," as well as contributions from artists like Sara Thustra, Kota Ezawa, and Mabel Negrete. The book also includes essays by prominent intellectuals, including a fascinating one by Angela Davis, which says that "one of the major priorities of the reparations movement should be the abolition of the death penalty."
Thu., May 6, 7 p.m., 2010