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
It doesnt' sound fun, exactly. It isn't meant to be entertaining. But still, the Refugee Camp in the Heart of San Francisco seems kind of ... cool? Run by the incredibly dedicated and high-quality people at Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, the installation demonstrates very clearly what would happen to you if you had to run for it. Herding, mass vaccinations, a complete and utter lack of In 'N Out Burgers no kidding, it's not a trip to Fisherman's Wharf. So why would you want to deal with it? Well, um, 42 million of your comperes in various places (not Fisherman's Wharf) kick it like this every day. Because Doctors Without Borders travels around to help those 42 mil, the camp here uses the very same materials the group uses with real refugees.
Oct. 15-19, 2008