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
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
A skinny Sasquatch with three eyes wears puffy high-tops and holds an owl. It's obvious that the Sasquatch's thick, wiry fur acts as protection from the bird's talons. No one else could hold a bird that powerful; it's like they were made for each other. Together, they're maybe the only constant in the work of toy-crazed, horny, BMX-bike loving admirer of animals Matt Furie. His pieces, often drawn in colored pencil, show a world razored free of saccharine yet full of cute laughs involving breastfeeding anteaters or bats dressed as dorky suburban teenagers. Don't get comfortable, though, or it'll really mess you up to see a Rubik's Cube womanoid blatantly fucking a blue furry dude with rainbow happiness leaking out of his head. Speaking of heads, at "Heads," Furie indulges his love of faces, hair, scales, teeth, hamburgers, and drooly blood. A head installation and a head wall painting join the head prints and head drawings, as curated by shadowy Mission District collective the Folks. Keep an eye out for a hairy three-eyed greyish-brown head with a feathery companion.
April 18-May 11, 2008