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
Long before online petitions, flash mobs, and hackers, there was the fax-bomb. A politician’s office could be flooded with letters that crippled productivity for hours. A corporation could be targeted with an all-black page, depleting expensive toner cartridges within minutes. But even more recently, when the Egyptian government shut down Internet and cell phone service, a group called We Re-Build set up ham radios in Europe to receive Morse code from Egypt, and hacker group Anonymous used common fax machines to relay information around the world. Tonight’s presentation and workshop, FAX(FACTS)BOMB, considers the more incendiary role of the humble fax machine, in congruence with the global exhibition "FAX". Launched in 2009, "FAX" began by Independent Curators International in New York. Artists were asked to view the fax machine as pen, paper, canvas, and printing press. The work was sent over phone lines accompanied, of course, by a cover sheet, and the resulting images -- ghostly and grainy but surprisingly diverse and arresting -- were gathered as a collection and sent on the road, picking up companion pieces as it traveled. Here, 22 local artists and four guest programmers reconsider the orphan technology. Adrienne Skye Roberts leads tonight's lively program on pre-digital culture jamming with the exhibition as backdrop, along with archival works that have been stored appropriately in office binders.
Sat., June 30, 5 p.m., 2012