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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 24, 2008 - January 9, 2009
Chicago, IL

The Leather Archives & Museum
presents:
_ask
A mixed medium exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, October 24, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
$5 admission for non-members

Exhibiting Artists:
Gregory Moon, Andy C, Volium & Vine, Fabrizio Cotognini
Paul C, Mephisto Leather
Semmerling and Schaefer Mask Artist Studios
Thomas J Lane and JOJO

_ask, a mixed medium exhibition and fashion show at the Leather Archives & Museum, celebrates the mask and its ability to transform its wearer into dual persona of subject/object.

_ask reviews the latest in fetish inspired masks and works by local, national and international artist and producers. The show will explore the mask as an adornment through which the wearer alters or amplifies an aspect of themselves that is normally out of reach due to social attitudes of the gaze. With the adoption of the mask, the wearer has the allowance to suppress themselves and become the mask, which in itself is a fetish.

However, if the mask is in the hands of a dominate, the persona of the wearer becomes an object of submission and the mask a removal of humanity.

In the end, allowing the mask to become a signifier through which the dominant can forgo the “ask” of boundary politics.

The Leather Archives & Museum
Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday from 12 PM - 8 PM Saturday and Sunday from 12 PM - 5 PM
Free admission for members $5.00 for nonmembers
6418 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL, 60626 Map
773.761.9200
Leather Archives & Museum Website

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“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!"
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