It’s One Busy Summer at the LA&M

LAM LogoCHICAGO – As mainstream interest in Leather and SM grows through “50 Shades”, movies and television inclusion, the Leather Archives & Museum continues to bring the rich cultural heritage behind it to life.  Your support has enabled us to offer “Free Day” at the LA&M every Thursday.  This program has been a hit, and we’ve seen increased visitation at the LA&M in 2013.  The Women’s Leather History Project was focused on oral histories in 2012, and your support enabled collections from over 30 leather women to be made available on the LA&M website.  New exhibits at the LA&M and online in 2012 included photographer Richard Yates, Bound – an exhibit about bondage history, equipment and safety, photographer Justice Howard, and the traveling “Art of Drummer” exhibit continued around the country with 2012 shows in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

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Now showing in the GAG  – HIDE

HIDE is an exhibition from Karl Hamilton-Cox of Art On Leather. The exhibit features erotic works painted on leather canvas. Of his first showing outside of the UK, the artist says “My work is unashamedly illustrative in nature as I prefer a realism style that I feel is more of a technical challenge than contemporary representative or abstract genres.” He developed his painting on leather technique after he was asked to do a bomber jacket sample in early 2011. With some lateral thinking he has successfully adapted the concept to the UK fetish and alternative lifestyle markets.

International Mr. Leather raises $58,000.00 for the Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that International Mr. Leather weekend raised $58,000 for the LA&M during its 2013 event.  In addition to donations from visitors to the IML Leather Market, funds were raised at a CLAW Nation silent auction, a roast of the outgoing International Mr. Leather (Woody Woodruff) and International Mr. Bootblack (Nick Elliott) and other fundraising events.

Executive Director Rick Storer said “IML Weekend has been a critical part of this museum’s success story, and IML 2013 was no different.  While the vast majority of our funding comes from a variety of donors and fundraisers across the county, the grant from International Mr. Leather helps with important preservation projects.”  In addition to fundraising events  approximately 425 people toured the museum during the weekend.  The Leather Archives also hosted a private screening of the 2013 film “Interior. Leather bar.” featuring a lively Q&A session with actor Christian Patrick.

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