Spotlight Feature

Daddy and the Muscle Academy

Daddy and the Muscle Academy

April 9, 3:00 PM – April 9, 5:00 PM

MFA, Boston


Directed by Ilppo Pohjola 1992 0h 55m Finland English, Finnish Documentary

Tom of Finland is one of the major icons of the gay world. His provocative erotic drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity, attitude and self-understanding. This ground-breaking work combines interviews with Tom (prior to his death in 1992) and his leather men acolytes with hundreds of his original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work.

We will be conducting a panel discussion post film moderated by Ulysses the Leather Gentleman, Mr. New England Leather 2022 and joined by Michael Joseph and Hunter O'Hanian

Michael Joseph is a portrait and documentary photographer. Michael’s work most often explores subculture, identity, and the unseen. He often draws from interactions with strangers on city streets and aims to afford his audience the same experience through his photographs.
Michael’s work has been featured on,,, and published in magazines internationally including Elle, Inked, 1814 and SHOTS. He has been exhibited nationally, with solo shows at Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY) and the Soho Photo Gallery (New York, NY). Group exhibitions include the notable Aperture Gallery (New York, NY), the Getty Images Gallery (London, UK) and the Griffin Museum of Photography (Massachusetts). He has lectured at the International Center of Photography (New York, NY), the Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA), in portraiture classes at the New England School of Photography (Boston, MA) and taught at the Light Factory (Charlotte, NC).
His portraits are held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, and private collections. He is a 2016 Photolucida Top 50 winner, 2020 Photolucida Finalist, and LensCulture Portrait Award Finalist. He is a recipient of the fellowship in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation.

Hunter O’Hanian
An independent working on a variety of queer art projects, Hunter was the Executive Director of the Stonewall National Museum and Archive in Ft. Lauderdale. Previously, he was the head of the College Art Association, the largest professional association supporting art historians and visual artists in the world. Prior to that, he was the founding Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the only art museum devoted exclusively to artwork that speaks to the LGBTQ experience.

Prior to joining Leslie-Lohman, Hunter was the Director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Prior to that, he led two renowned artists’ residencies programs, having served as the President of Anderson Ranch Arts Center outside of Aspen, CO, and Director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the largest residency program for emerging artists and writers in the United States. The Fine Arts Work Center recently permanently endowed a Fellowship in his name.

Hunter has a long career of non-profit board and community involvement. He is the past board chair of the Alliance of Artists Communities, the national membership organization for artists’ residency programs. Hunter graduated from Boston College and received his law degree from Suffolk University. He is presently working on a book of images and writings by Baltimore artist Amos Badertscher and a touring exhibition of works by Robert Giard called Queer Pioneers.

Ulysses (AKA The Leather Gentleman) is an active member in the Boston gear and kink community who draws inspiration from vintage erotica/ephemera and cultural history. This South Carolina native holds a passion for encouraging visibility, cultivating relationships, and offering guidance to those seeking a point of entry within the fetish community, all of which have become the foundation of a deeper mission of advocacy for fostering and preserving queer culture at large. During his year as Mr. New England Leather, Ulysses focused on bringing the presence of kink to several events in the region including Boston Pop-Up Pride, Queen City Pride (Manchester, NH), Providence Pride, The Sinner's Ball (Ogunquit, ME) and Worcester Pride. Furthermore, he has been involved in several charitable causes with ties to the community, helping raise money for AIDS Care Ocean State, Greater Manchester AIDS Project, and The Yellowhammer Fund.
Building upon his community engagement, Ulysses serves as creative director for Fascination, Boston's renowned monthly gear/kink/fetish event, and is an aspiring sex educator, developing erotic photographer/model, and microblogger with a special focus on queer history. Ulysses also has a strong background in the arts and occasionally works as a classical singer and pianist.

This event is proud to be co-presented by: The DocYard , The History Project , The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide , Scandinavian Cultural Center

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