At tonight’s SameSex reception at City Lights, this celebration of same-sex desire and attraction imagines the cartoon heroes of our youth switching it up a little.
Most of the works presented are in the same vein as last year, but a couple of artists must have noticed a little homoerotic tension in the air during the Saturday morning cartoons. I’ll admit I never caught on the Wilma and Betty’s secret, but even at six years old I was yelling at Popeye and Bluto to get a room already.
Last year’s show, City Lights’ first foray into gay-themed art, opened with what I’d think of as the alternative social event of the season. You can have your Barnum Ringmasters this and your Rotary Club that. The SameSex reception was hot. (Not as hot as some of the erotic works on the wall. Leave the kiddies at home.)
The artists may or may not be gay. (I happen to know at least straight artist in the show, but whose portrait represents a gay icon.) What is gay art? Again, the question is out there for discussion. I mean, what’s a gay bar these days, with all of them being apparently overrun with straight ladies’ bachelorette parties. It’s an ongoing debate.
Sponsored by John Stafstrom and Dennis Murphy, the show opens with a preview reception for Patron members at 5, and to the general public at 6 tonight.