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Join us on the road at the Master/slave Conference

August 31st - September 4th, 2017 Baltimore, MD

The Master/slave Conference has been produced by MTTA, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, since its inception in 2004. A Board of Directors, currently integrated by nine members of our Master/slave Community, governs MTTA.

MsC 2017 will include a diversity of educational opportunities with Workshops, Intensives, Panels, Roundtables and Service Stations on Master/slave relationships.

MsC is the home of the Northeast Master/slave Contest. Consider competing in 2017. An amazing experience that will give you the opportunity to teach on M/s relationships accross the region and compete to the International Contest.

Join us on the road at International Leather Sir/boy

September 1st  - 4th, 2017 Dallas, TX

The International LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack family is comprised of thirteen regional contests in North America where a LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and a Community Bootblack are chosen to compete at the international competitions.

You might say we're the "bad boys" of leather contests. One of the defining characteristics from other contests is the up front philosophy that LeatherSIR, Leatherboy and Community Bootblack are about sex. Both the contests and titles are about the representation of the sexual side of the Leather community. Our goals include networking and outreach to help educate the community about Leather folk, our erotic expression, traditions and history - and of course, hot leather sex!

Join us on the road at Philly Leather Pride Night

September 30th ,2017 Voyeur Nightclub

Join us for Philadelphia Leather Pride Night…. winner of the 2012 Pantheon of Leather Event of the Year and the 2014 large event of the year with the producing of the Philadelphia Leather Leadership Conference. Our evening will once again take place inside Voyeur Nightclub. Returning for her 8th year is our million dollar auctioneer Jo Arnone. With her booming voice we have been able to raise and donate out over $70,000 to our charities.

Join us for the Opening of MATERIALKINK

June 30, 2017, 6-8PM in the Guest Artist Gallery

Opening Reception is FREE and open to the public.

The Leather Archives & Museum Guest Artist Gallery Presents MATERIALKINK, a group exhibition of contemporary art examining the intersection between materiality and alternative sexualities.

Curated by Chicago-based artist José Santiago Pérez, MATERIALKINK features artworks that expand the boundaries of erotic art through contemporary explorations of the materialities that accompany and structure the lifeworlds and diverse practices of radical sex. Matter, desire, and power exchange are simultaneously celebrated and examined through this gather of artworks spanning painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, video, textile, and installation. Artists in this exhibition incorporate rope, nylon, wax, rubber, fabric, furniture, and leather in ways that evoke the desiring body and its erotic engagement with the substances of kinky sex.

MATERIALKINK features works by Michael Blake (Brooklyn), Chloe Cooper (Portland, OR), Clarita Lulić (Chile/UK), Luis Mejico (Chicago), James Murray (Chicago), David Nasca (Chicago), Betsy Odom (Chicago), Heather Raquel Phillips (Philadelphia), Tamara Santibañez (Brooklyn), Lauren Steinberg (Chicago), Vincent Tiley (Brooklyn), Katie Vota (Chicago), Jade Williams (Chicago), and Derrick Woods-Morrow (Chicago).

Join us for an artist talk by Betsy Odom

July 8, 2017, 2pm in the Etienne Auditorium

Odom explores the ephemera surrounding displays of identity. She works with specific materials like tooled leather, sporty fabrics, chunky silver, automotive finishes, and airbrushed paints. These materials signify the cultural phenomena that have surrounded her development: Southern culture, women’s athletics, tomboys, hobbyists, fantasy, or camp. The aesthetics of these groups, although rooted in functionality, often serve to reinforce embedded messages about gender, class, race, and sexuality. Odom attempts to use a combination of earnest craftsmanship and humor to extract and subvert these messages, creating objects that entertain a fantasy of moving freely among social groups and confronting the contradictions therein.

Betsy Odom (b. Amory, Mississippi) received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a DCASE Grant, Illinois Arts Council Artist Grant, and West Collection Acquisition Prize. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Let’s be Honest at 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, Oh No at Terrain Projects in Oak Park, IL, and Freedom Culture at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Odom is currently serving as Lecturer of Fine Arts in Sculpture and 3D Design at Loyola University Chicago. Along with teaching at Loyola, Betsy taught at Lake Forest College and at Columbia College Chicago.

The Leather Archives & Museum Guest Artist Gallery presents this public program as part of MATERIALKINK, on view June 30, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

Suggested donation: $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Join us for an artist talk by artist James Murray

September 9, 2017, 2pm in the Etienne Auditorium

Murray’s practice focuses primarily on queer culture and history through video, music, performance, computer-based generative animations and drawing. These works explore queer semiotics, specifically the evolution of coded languages for communication through visual, physical, digital, and linguistic strategies; ideologies of emancipation in both danced music and queer BDSM culture; theories of queer space, geography, and time; reinterpretations of seminal queer literature in contemporary language and culture; and work focused around the testing of queer bodies through endurance-based performances for video.

James Murray is a visual artist and music producer with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston & Tufts University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores the languages, histories, narratives, archetypes and spaces of queer communities both past and present through materials that include sound, drawing, new media, video, performance and books. James has exhibited and screened nationally and internationally. He is included in both the Kinsey Institute and the Joan Flash Artists’ Book Collection and resides in Chicago.

The Leather Archives & Museum Guest Artist Gallery presents this public program as part of MATERIALKINK, on view June 30, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

Suggested donation: $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Join us on the road at GLLA

October 6th - October 1st, 2017

The mission of the Great Lakes Leather Alliance is to build bridges between the Leather, BDSM, D/s, M/s, fetish, and alternative sexual lifestyle communities.

The Great Lakes Leather Alliance hopes to promote education and enhance communication between each of these groups, and to promote the success and welfare of the individuals and organizations within our combined community. We especially want to protect against threats to our freedom of expression.

Join us on the road at Exile Fetish Ball

September 16th, 2017 EXDO Event Center Denver, CO

Exile 6 Fetish Ball provides an annual showcase for local talent to come together and celebrate the kink and fetish lifestyle. It will feature fetish demonstrations, dancing, and other darker artistry including live musicians, DJs, fashion & stylists, visual artists, and vendors.

This is a celebration of the dark, twisted, and eccentric expressions of kink and fetish. Each presenter in this festival has volunteered their time, talents, creativity and energy. Proceeds will benefits Leather, Kink and Sex-Positive charitable organizations.


Join us on the road at Kinky Kollege

October 6th - 8th, 2017

This event will take place at a beautiful hotel & convention center just 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and a short ride from Downtown Chicago.

The Nation’s top Alternative Lifestyle Educators will be at Kinky Kollege offering classes on everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.