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
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You couldnt swing a dead cat in this town without hitting a show touting itself as multimedia. But what makes the work of performer Sara Kraft so captivating is the humor, compassion, and insight with which she uncovers how we all use cutting-edge technology to enhance and make sense of our lives. For HyperREAL, she started with the notion of what is real. Are our emotional responses deemed less real simply because were responding to a video as opposed to another fleshy human being? Where is the real line between you and the outside world? Kraft is known for her visually inventive amalgamations, and HyperREAL is no exception: it involves sharks, the virtual technology used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and YouTube. The show that grew out of these thoughts is a taste of the larger work she is developing for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which will premiere in its 2009-2010 season. You can be one of the first people to see Kraft play with her latest ideas and challenge your own about where technology ends and your real life begins.
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