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
We were happy when trucks revolutionized food, but when are trucks going to revolutionize art? Well, how about this weekend? The Exploratorium opens its new digs remotely, from the backs of trucks in various points around town, with today’s extravaganza On the Move. Ten trucks, to be precise, centered in three locations and filled with chunks of popular exhibits, like art cars (the Nautilus!), per-formances (Cuicacalli!) and music (El Radio Fantastique!), odd pedal-y things (Fun Bike Unicorn Club), the obligatory mobile pinball trailer (Pacific Pinball Museum), motorized miniature horses (we swear!), and much more (food trucks). As for what the Exploratorium is hauling around in those vehicles, the museum brings its A game: How about a truck with a bioluminescent theme and glowing worms? How about one filled with sodium vapor lamps and monochromatic light, which you navigate with a flashlight to reveal hidden colors? There are also mobile versions of favorite exhibits, like “Colored Shadows,” “Paint with Light,” “Giant Chair,” and “Turbulent Orb.” If you haven’t stopped by the Exploratorium in a while, now you don’t have to.
Sun., March 10, 11 a.m., 2013