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
Artist Carrie Hott wants us to pay attention to the tools that help us pay attention. Which is to say, she wants us to observe the act of observing. She also wants us to see whats being observed, which in the case of her latest installation is whales. Understanding a Whale Fall/Whale Watch is a multi-part exhibition at Adobe Bookshop. The first part, located in Adobes Backroom Gallery, centers on a whale fall, which is when a whale dies in deep water and its carcass sinks to the ocean floor. This part of the installation includes the desk of a person who has been studying a whale fall, which can result in food for certain ocean dwellers for as long as 100 years. It contains not only Hotts artwork of whales but also a newspaper article, various documents, a lamp, a coffee mug, and the observers personal notes. Hott says she intended the desk to represent the actions of a layperson rather than a marine biologist or other professional. Adobes front windows contain the Whale Watch portion of the exhibit. This includes more of Hotts artwork as well as the tools used to watch whales, such as binoculars and a telescope. The installation has a participatory component in log books that are located throughout the bookstore, Hott says. People can add their own personal knowledge or experience with the large sea mammals. Hott says its a way to complement her knowledge of whales and archive parts of San Franciscos past that have otherwise eluded historians.
The opening reception starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30; the exhibit continues through Nov. 6.
Sept. 30-Nov. 6, 7 p.m., 2010