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
Remember the boys in your class with Pee Chee folders who used to draw their foes getting mutilated? Italy’s "Little Duck" (a.k.a. Laurina Paperina) taps into that childhood impulse, imbuing it with color, movement, and, occasionally, deeper sociological commentary. Paperina started with superheroes. Behind the wheel of the Pape-mobile, a modified three-wheeler with wings and a siren, she drove down pompous, bloated, aging superheroes like Thor, then had black widows erupt from Spider-Man’s head, and made Pac-Man devour all the Ninja Turtles. When Paperina turned her attention to current events, she drew Pope Benedict XVI as a ghoul and rendered the plague as a cute little supergirl named Bubo riding a pet pig affectionately called Sausage. It was charming and playful, if deliberately puerile. But when she tackled the art world itself, the Little Duck became a virtual swan. Through stills and animation, Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, Marina Abramovic, Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and, oddly, skateboarder/artist Ed Templeton have been devoured, dismembered, and defeated by their own creations. (In our personal favorite, Joseph Kosuth is beaten by a chair.) Paperina claims to kill off only her heroes, but in recent years she’s targeted dealers. While not for everyone, Paperina’s current show “Bad Smell” promises hilarious lessons in art history from Basquiat to Barry McGee, as well as some prancing through pop culture.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012