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
Is it true that neurological conditions like depression, anxiety, dementia, and schizophrenia can heighten people’s creativity and contribute to their artistic output? The Bay Area Art and Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions is presenting a program that will explore the interactions between art and diverse neurological conditions. Hear from a photographer father who collaborates artistically with his autistic son, and from an artist who works with developmentally disabled individuals to help them pursue creative careers. Katherine Sherwood will be speaking about how a cerebral hemorrhage changed her art, and UC Berkeley Professor Walter J. Freeman, M.D., will speak on how “brain chaos” surmounts challenges. Live music from Bay Area cellist Hannah Addario-Berry will help explore the intersection of art and psychology.
Mon., May 6, 7-9 p.m., 2013