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
Many people were introduced to Creativity Explored when resident artist Michael Bernard Loggins tumbled into the limelight in 2003 with his well-received book, Fears of Your Life. The book chronicles the various anxieties, fears, and observations of Loggins, a developmentally disabled artist, through text and drawings, creating a collection that's painfully familiar to all of us. His later appearance on National Public Radio supercharmer This American Life brought a new level of attention to the developmentally disabled artists of Creativity Explored as well as their contributions to the art world. Tonights Porchlight show, Don't Call Me Retard, a group of artists and staff from Creativity Explored who share stories and short videos theyve created. On hand are artists Whitman Donaldson and Thomas Pringle, studio managers Francis Kohler and Paul Moshammer, former volunteer Katie Gorman, and gallery assistant Will Skinker. Porchlight is hosted by the dry wit of Arline Klatte and the athletic prowess of Beth Lisick, who's always likely to toss out the splits or some sort of heel-pounding dance for emphasis. Marc Capelle is on piano, keeping storytellers concise and the audience riveted.
Mon., Nov. 15, 8 p.m., 2010