January 2020

Making leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish accessible through research, preservation, education and community engagement
Velvet, Now through May 17th in the Guest Artist Gallery
The Guest Artist Gallery is hosting the first exhibit of the new year and it is not to be missed. Velvet features the work of two Chicago artists, Melissa Hespelt and Caleb Yono. With videos, photographs, drawings and installations, the artists respond to and negotiate ideas of desire, the male gaze and sexual autonomy amidst a narrative that has been constructed through a lens of patriarchy and fetishism. The works question how we process the complex network of empowerment, misogyny and sexual/gendered normatives in images and in ourselves.

Melissa Hespelt (1996) is an interdisciplinary artist working to free glamour, superficiality, and the erotic from their negative connotations with feminism by engaging in acts of embodiment, transformation, & self- objectification. Melissa holds a BFA from The School of The Art Institute.

Caleb Yono (1981) works with representations of figures caught in moments of transformation and transmutation. Caleb's works on paper, performances, photographs, videos, and objects; Yono hopes to understand and process the dissonance and harmony of the feminine, femme, and hysteric. Caleb holds an MFA from The School of the Art institute of Chicago in painting and drawing. Caleb has exhibited with both national and international galleries including Andrew Rafacz, Monya Rowe, and Roots and Culture.

Velvet runs through May 17th, and is viewable as part of regular museum admission. 
Congratulations to the Centaur MC for another successful celebration at the 2020 Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. This year is the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the organization, and the event was packed with family and friends. The weekend culminated with the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest. A big shout out goes to all the contestants, and to the new Mr. MAL 2020, David Spivey. 
Thank you to our friends at the Fetish Locker in Pam Springs, CA for their generous donation. Next time you visit their store, be sure to tell them you appreciate their support for LAM!
Kinky Comics and Superhero Fetishes

Comics and graphic novels are an important part of LAM's fetish and kink collections, and the month of Februrary is our Kinky Comic Drive! All month long LAM will feature some of its iconic and erotic visual collections, and we are asking for your help! During the month we are asking for donations to fill in gaps in our collections. To show our thanks, each person donating titles needed for the archives will be entered into a drawing for a great gift basket of comic fun.

You can view our Amazon wishlist for titles needed at or click here to view the event on our website

But wait, there's more! 

LAM will also be hosting its first ever Superhero Fetish After-Hours Party on Friday, February 28th. from 6-9pm. Come as your favorite superhero and enjoy some adult beverages courtesy of Revolution Brewing and cosplay fun (21 and over only, please!) Learn more online at

Untitled, from the series XXX, 20 x 24 Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film

Valentine's Day Fetish Event
Superheroes not your thing? There is that "other thing" February is known for, and what better way to celebrate love than a visit to the Valentine's Day Fetish Fair at the LAM. 

Make plans to stop by on Friday, February 14th from 5-9pm, alone or with your date/s.  The event will feature a variety of fetish and kink vendors with plenty of goodies to spice up your weekend, kink education classes, and free tarot card readings. Adult beverages are provided courtesy of Revolution Brewing.

Find out more online!
2020 Visiting Scholars Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Visiting Scholar's Program. This research scholarship opportunity is funded through a generous gift from Leather Sins/Kinky Kollege, and  provides a $1,000 stipend and up to $1,000 in travel funds for an individual doing research that makes use of the archival collections housed at LAM. The deadline for applications is March 16th, and details about the program and the application process are available on our website.

The LA&M Gift Shop Online

Check out our brand new online gift shop, and browse for a unique gift for yourself or a friend. You'll find t-shirts, IML gifts, artwork, and rare publications featuring the work of The Hun.

Shop online at


From the Archives

From the Bill Schmeling Collection.


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