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
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.
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
Try to imagine the people so deeply offended by Harry Potter that they organized themselves, filed papers, lobbied politicians, and had that wizard brat banned from their public library. What the fuck is wrong with those people? Other freaks had The Color Purple, (Why? Too good?) Tom Sawyer, (Again, we honestly don't get it.) and other books banned. At "Banned and Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship," Ala Ebtekar, Favianna Rodriguez, Kara Maria, Victor Cartagena, and many other talents express themselves on this enervating subject. Each artist takes on one volume of banned literature, in sculpture, painting, and other media. Curator Hanna Regev coordinates the show, collaborating with the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, to which the exhibit moves Sept. 5-Dec. 31.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Aug. 15. Continues through Nov. 26, 2008