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 signs couples use to communicate. A rare edition of Euclid’s Elements, the most famous mathematical work, about geometrical relationships. The human capacity to endure. A couple on a bike, sharing a coffee. On ODC/Dance’s website, the contemporary dance theater talks about its “athleticism, passion and intellectual depth.” Those qualities are on display in these works for their 42nd spring season. Opening night features the world premiere of “Lifesaving Maneuvers,” and exploration of what we do to survive, from the sensational to the unseen. Opening night also features “Transit: Next Stop,” a new production based on bikes and pedestrians and the different ways people get around San Francisco. The dance includes Max Chen’s custom bicycles — one is part café table, another is a park bench — as well as hand-drawn film clips by Barry Steele and a score by Nico Muhly.
Thu., March 14, 8 p.m., 2013