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.
So you didn’t score tickets in Burning Man’s bizarre lottery system. You can either continue grieving, or you can dry your eyes with those furry boots and pencil a year’s worth of decompressions, alt-burns, and other such events in your calendar. Supreme Beings belongs on that list. This conceptual fashion show exhibits new collections from local designers IIMUAHII and Iliano, as well as a dance performance in the grimace-faced, slow-motion Japanese style known as Butoh, set to electronic music by SpacEKrafT. Although IIMUAHII bills itself as a sportswear line, its powerful silhouettes and mysterious textures are a far cry from the Calvin Klein standard of American sportswear, treading instead in avant-garde territory. Imagine the music video Lady Gaga would do if she covered Olivia Newton John’s workout hit “Physical,” and you’ll be somewhat prepared for IIMUAHII. Iliano is the couture descendant of Ilianowear, a local company that specialized in outfitting Burners before its closure in 2009. The present iteration focuses on costuming performers like the evening’s Butoh dancers Ronnie Baker and Luku-san in sculptural, industrial suits. The stark new collection ditches Iliano’s LSD-inspired color palette in favor of solid black, embellished with spikes. The bar donates a portion of its proceeds to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a nonprofit group dedicated to pairing elderly dogs with households ideal for them to spend their golden years.
Thu., March 1, 7 p.m., 2012