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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Victoria Mimiagas oil paintings of food vegetables, candy, even raw meat are colorful, beautifully rendered still lifes that make the viewer want to eat them. Equal parts impressionist and realist, the paintings have a Wayne Thiebaud quality in their exaggerated colors and features that make them alluring except for one thing: Each item even individual cucumbers is wrapped in clear plastic packaging. Why would Mimiaga downgrade the beauty of these edible items by painting their wrappers? To call attention (albeit with a touch of humor) to the food industrys overuse of such packaging. In her artists statement she says, In supermarkets, corner bodegas and organic food stores, there are new and creative uses of plastic packaging in some cases offering little more than heightened protection where none is needed. Items such as bananas, already covered in Natures skin, are further enveloped in a silky sheen of polymer. So she has taken time-honored still-life subjects of fruit, fish, meat, and vegetables to capture the aesthetic and wastefulness of plastic. The reception for Mimiagas 20-painting show starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 30. Continues through Feb. 1, 2010