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November 2019

Making leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement

The Leather Archives & Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit in the Guest Artist Gallery, "A Wild Pack of Dogs: A Visual Exploration of Pet Play Culture" featuring the photography of artist Jamie M. Moore. The exhibition runs through Jan. 5, 2020.

A Wild Pack of Dogs presents the human-animal roleplay subculture in a visual way that is designed to inform, but also to inspire interest-in and respect-for the subjects. By showing the dichotomy between the dehumanizing aspect of its trappings and practices and the humanity of its subjects, we ultimately reveal something deeper about those involved.

LAM Executive Director Gary Wasdin notes "this is the first exhibit on the pup community for the Leather Archives & Museum, and we are excited to introduce visitors to this sub-culture that continues to grow each year. In addition to the provocative works of Moore, the exhibit will include artifacts from the archives collections to help provide context and background to pup play culture."

Jamie M. Moore is a photographer based out of Chicago, IL whose main focus is documenting queer subcultures that often go under the radar from the general public. Jamie received his Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Columbia College Chicago. He is also an active kink educator working in the gay leather culture to help new people come into BDSM without shame or guilt, understanding the critical importance of being Safe, Sane, and Consensual.

On September 12th, we lost an icon in the leather world. Bill Schmeling was known to many as "The Hun," the name under which he created an impressive body of male fetish art. The Hun’s works occupy a unique place among gay erotic artists. He spearheaded a more intense style of artwork that captured scenes and fantasies often avoided by other artists such as Tom of Finland, as well as emphasizes a uniquely grotesque style involving oversized body parts, excess body fluids, and other features on a hyper-sexual scale.

Prior to his death, Bill selected the Leather Archives & Museum as the repository for his work. "Bill Schmeling was one of the major and most prolific illustrators of gay male leather and kink" says board member and leather historian Gayle Rubin. "His drawings and unique artistic style were featured in many magazines and stand-alone publications, and the acquisition of this major collection will preserve his artistic legacy and make it available for generations to come." 

An exhibition of Bill's work is being planned for late 2020.
The latest installation in the LA&M galleries features the rope work and photography of shibari artist Seph Vistor Mercado. Seph's ropework features clean, minimalist ties. He has trained with many of the top international rope educators, and uses his rope work to focus on the sheer aesthetic beauty of bondage. Join us on Friday, December 13th from 6-8pm to meet the artist and enjoy a glass of wine and the exhibition. 
Aubrey Hart Sparks lost his battle with cancer earlier this week. Aubrey was well known as a leader in the leather and BDSM world and a mentor to many. He left his mark, literally and figuratively, on everyone who knew him. One of the many legacies Aubrey leaves behind is his recordings of Aubrey's Playhouse, a collection of oral histories recorded form 1999 to 2004. Those recordings are available online and capture the stories of many notable individuals, including Judy Tallwing McCarthy, Billy Lane, Mistress Matisse and Race Bannon. You can listen to them at https://leatherarchives.org/aubrey-s-playroom
Looking for unique holiday gifts? Check out our LA&M giftshop! You'll find everything form cigar cutters to key chains to posters and art prints, and best of all your purchases support the work of the LA&M. Place your order by December 19th toi ensure delivery before Christmas, and happy shopping!

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