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Events at the Leather Archives & Museum and On the Road

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Join us on the road at the Leather Masked Ball

November 25th 2017

Join us the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the 12th installment of the Leather Masked Ball! Join the fight as we rise up against injustice and boring parties! Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door. Admission includes plenty of entertainment and demonstrations!

The Leather Archives & Museum is excited to be back at the Leather Masked Ball and are proud to be exhibiting the Second Skin exhibit, a collection of vests, sashes and other material items from our collections. Don’t miss the Etienne selfie wall and take the best selfie EVER!

Next Up in the Guest Artist Gallery

January 26th - June 7th 2018

MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny

inkedKenny's photography is fantastic; dark, sexy, stylish & with an artistic sophistication which appears prodigiously to transcend this relative newcomers tenure behind the lens. By looking within himself, he found his passion & discovered a new way to look. at (& artistically present) the world; through the lens of a camera. With his natural talent & a sharp intrinsic eye, inkedKenny learned by doing & found a new calling in the process. His journey shows how your world can be when you open your eyes to the possibilities around you.

Join us on the road at CLAW

April 26th - 29th 2018

CLAW Corp. is a certified 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation dedicated to fundraising, education, volunteerism and all other charitable needs of the adult leather community. We are dedicated to the principle that people into leather are normal, happy and healthy, and that we teach each other the truth of that principle. We produce a large annual convention (the Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) in Cleveland, Ohio every year, and several smaller CLAW Nation events around the country throughout the year.

The Leather Archives & Museum will be unveiling a new exhibit at CLAW 2018 entitled The LA&M Virtual Docent an interactive video exhibit highlighting exhibits, collections, and interviews from the Leather Archives & Museum. This exhibit made possible by a generous  grant from CLAW.

Join us on the road at Mid Atlantic Leather

January 12th - 14th 2018

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is a three-day long party and event with participants that now number in the thousands. The heart of the weekend is the historic leather formal Saturday evening cocktail social, Leather Cocktails. Leather Cocktails is the weekend lynchpin gathering from which all other weekend events evolved. The Weekend also includes official events organized by weekend hosts, Centaur MC, that include a bustling Leather Exhibit Hall; Sunday brunch; Mr. MAL Contest and the official Sunday night closing party. In addition, Weekend hosts provide hotel space for what has evolved into a huge leather-loving community and affinity annual reunion.

Harness Making with David Nasca

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Location: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N Greenview Ave. Chicago, IL 60626

Time: 2PM – 5:00PM
Registration Fee: $30

Participants: 12 (max)

Exhibiting artist David Nasca returns to the LA&M to teach this hands-on leatherworking class. In this 3hr class, participants will learn and use fundamental leatherworking skills to craft their own simple harness in a fun and supportive environment. Previous experience in leatherworking is not required.


Space is limited to 12 participants. A Registration fee of $30 is required. 


To register, please visit: Brown Paper Tickets


About the Artist:

David Nasca’s sculptural works are often queer distortions or elaborations on recognizable, utilitarian objects. Other sculptures are hypothetical, imagined models of non-binary biology. These strategies allow him to engage with dialogs around personal fantasy and the project of imagining a queer future. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally at the Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, ArtSpace Mexico, Mana Contemporary (Chicago), and Sullivan Galleries (Chicago), among others. He received his BA with Honors in Studio Art from the University of Chicago. He lives and works in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.




The Leather Archives & Museum, Guest Artist Gallery presents this public program as part of MATERIALKINK, on view through January 14, 2018. This public program is made possible by the support of Leather64Ten, specializing in custom, state-of-the-art garments and high-tech bondage devices.