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
Bayview-Hunters Point is rarely equated with environmental activism. The district is more commonly known for the decommissioned U.S. Navy shipyard that left behind enough pollutants to qualify it as one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in California. The areas residents experience ongoing health issues because of the shipyard and the many industrial plants still located there. But the EcoCenter at Herons Head Park seeks to address this legacy by its very existence. Located in the heart of the district and run by the group Literacy for Environmental Justice, the EcoCenter offers education on things including solar power and native wildlife. It exists wholly off the electrical and sewer grid and, among other things, boasts an innovative wastewater treatment facility. See how these systems work while learning about the centers green architecture and commitment to sustainability today during the Sustainable Architecture Tour, put on by the museum known for innovation and education. The EPA has recognized the EcoCenter with one of its National Achievements in Environmental Justice awards for its work to empower the next generation of residents to right the ecological wrongs of the past. Heres to a new legacy for Bayview-Hunters Point.
Wed., March 23, 5:30 p.m., 2011