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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
We Americans like our history writ large. Whether its Mount Rushmore ― giant presidents carved into a mountain ― or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ― black walls speaking the names of our collective shame ― we want it out there. We also dress up our personal spaces: the carefully trimmed lawn, the shiny car, the white picket fence. Photographer Oscar Palacio doesnt so much embrace these subjects as he walks quietly around them and catches them off-guard in American Places. His shots elicit solitary and contemplative feelings rather than a sense of unity or connection, regardless of whether he's capturing the grandiose or the intimate. Plymouth Rock, for example, shot from inside the elevated structure that surrounds it, appears to be incarcerated and really, really sleepy. A boulder near the entrance of the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar holds an assortment of coins left by visitors. At Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, we don't observe a cannon in its battlefield setting, but rather look directly into its threatening barrel. In a shot that captures a more personal setting, a fresh stump reveals the source of a backyard stack of firewood. A sprinkler promises to water squares of sod placed on pavement. The exhibit combines two of Palacios previous collections, History Re-visited and Unfamiliar Territory.
Oct. 8-Dec. 3, 2010