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STROKE: From under the Mattress to the Museum Walls

Available 28 Mar, 2014 - 25 May, 2014

by Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
North America > United States > New York

A historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for the gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Curated by New York-based illustrator Robert W. Richards, "Stroke" features original illustrations by 25 artists. This exhibition of a forgotten body of work not only explores the male form, but for the first time ever, offers an examination of gay male private life, as experienced through magazines which were available on nearly every street corner in America – but often kept under their mattresses for fear of being discovered. The exhibition will feature some original illustrations which appeared in the magazines, along with other works of art that have never been seen publicly. “This work has never been collected in one Museum exhibition before,” says Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian. This exhibition expands Leslie-Lohman’s commitment to examining the diversity of the gay and lesbian experience through art.”

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