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Clothing Optional: The Surprising Work of a Gay Erotica Pioneer

Known to many as the "the Hugh Hefner of gay publishing," the photographer Bob Mizer has been noted primarily for pioneering so-called "beefcake" photography--seductively posed shots of nude, muscular men that prefigured the modern gay porn industry. But 80WSE's "DEVOTION: Excavating Bob Mizer," the world's first major show of the artist's work, reveals that the erotica he published in his magazine Physique Pictorial represented just one of many genres Mizer pursued over the course of 50 years. The exhibition presents 45 black-and-white and color photographs spanning the artist's career, while students from the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions work on processing never-before-seen prints and negatives from the 2 million pieces of photographic material in the Mizer estate.

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