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
Typically, people who react to museum art with physical symptoms (temporary heart stoppages and ambulatory failure, or just a hand thrown to the forehead as if feeling faint) are either characters in novels (mostly weak genre fiction) and those who make a point, by dint of personality or job requirement, to be dumbstruck on a regular basis. Although I wasn't quite gobsmacked when I stepped into the second room of the Anselm Kiefer exhibit "Heaven and Earth," I did let loose a low whistle. These paintings are freaking huge! Yes, I'm a sucker for big art, but only when someone goes large in the manner of this German artist, who attends to each inch of canvas with a detail that belies how many thousands more he has to go. Kiefer's dark, overwhelming landscapes are roughly and chaotically layered, often several inches thick, with materials like paint, clay, ash, and wood. One piece features a giant dead sunflower; another is covered with about a million sunflower seeds, which resemble a rock storm or a swarm of locusts. Up close, you get stunning topography. Step back 30 or 40 feet, and the paintings' themes of mythology, alchemy, and religious mysticism are revealed in all their floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glory. Kiefer also throws in sculptures of jumbo lead books and even a jet airplane, edging him into the modern art tradition, but his paintings go right for your respiratory system.
Oct. 20-Jan. 21