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
To mangle a cliche: We depend on our students to fling us into the future. When it comes to art, the candidates in our local Masters of Fine Arts programs are reliably as forward-thinking as they are unafraid to experiment. The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition offers the chance to see what almost two dozen of those risk-taking M.F.A. students are up to. The group was selected from a pool 10 times that size in a competition that focused on artists who push boundaries and do not limit themselves to any single discipline, traits that are practically a tradition in the Bay Area art scene. In the discussion "Bay Area Trajectories," a lively quartet of local experts gives the work in the show some historical context and explains how it fits into current art directions as well. With participants that include mixed media artist Mildred Howard, trend-setting gallery owner Steven Wolf, and Dena Beard (co-curator of the current Barry McGee extravaganza at the Berkeley Art Museum) this is a panel particularly suited for the topic. Activist and writer Jaime Cortez moderates the conversation and adds his own insights from his many years as an artist and community organizer in the Bay Area. Hear where art will go next, and put your bets on who will take us there.
Wed., Sept. 12, 7 p.m., 2012