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“Down -n- Dirty” | 9th May | LA

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JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE
TOM’S BIRTHDAY

DJ Sets by Maricón Collective
Go-Go Boys, Photo Booth, Merch
y Mucho Mas

Tableaux Vivant : Ménage à Trois
by Mr. Sister Leather Jordan
Preview Pop-up Show
Models from ToFF’s Life Drawing Class

5$ Suggested Donation goes to TOM’s Foundation

Tom of Finland’s real name is Touko Laaksonen –
because he was born on 8th May 1920, on the south coast of Finland,
and May in Finnish is “Toukokuu”.

Saturday 3p till Sundown
TOM House

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only  a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Valet Parking Also Available

FACEBOOK EVENT

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“#RAWHIDE” | 9th May | NYC

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Co-Curated by Dylan Brant & Vivian Brodie

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1982, Graphite on paper, 8.25” x 5.75”, © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), c. 1982, Graphite on paper, 8.25” x 5.75”, © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

Richard Avedon, Edward Curtis, Tom of Finland, Mark Flood, Dennis Hopper, Ray Johnson, Mike Kelley, Roy Lichtenstein, Bob Mizer, Richard Prince, Frederic Remington, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and many more.

The image of the cowboy in art has been transformed from its mythological beginnings in the late nineteenth to its complex identity today.  #RAWHIDE is an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs that will explore art’s ability to influence our interpretation of this quintessential archetype that is the ultimate icon of the American identity.  Renowned artists have found inspiration not only in the cowboy, but also in all the possibilities of what this American symbol can be. Whether inspiring hope, fearlessness, or cliché, the multifaceted image of the Cowboy only serves to enhance his myth, and provides several interpretations and conflicts leading us to question the very foundations of our American story.

On a recent afternoon, Dylan Brant, stepson of media mogul and art collector Peter Brant, whom he refers to as “Dad”, was in the office at Venus Over Manhattan, Adam Lindemann’s gallery on the Upper East Side. Brant was preparing for a show he curated that opens next month at the gallery. Organized with Vivian Brodie, it’s called Rawhide and looks at masculine identity and cowboy imagery in art from the late 19th century to the present. -Miller, M.H., “City Slicker: Cowboy Fanatic Dylan Brant Curates Show at Venus Over Manhattan”, ArtNews, April 20, 2015.

Opening Reception: 6–8p
Through 11th July

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Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen in 1920, is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of recent times due to his revolutionary representation of the male figure. He became legendary for his erotic gay scenes, portraying nude and leather-clad men with exaggerated sex organs. He is understood to have influenced Freddie Mercury, Robert Mapplethorpe and other gay public figures in the late 20th century. His goal was to show gay men as happy and confident, and to remove any shame associated with homosexuality, creating an empowering queer iconography.

There are twelve hand tufted rugs in the collection and one hand knotted carpet, all made from silk and wool. Many of them depict explicit scenes of a sexual nature – including one that has informally been coined the ‘fuck rug’ (for obvious reasons). It was important to stay true to the artist’s body of work, regardless of content.

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Men & Fringe: Leather. Drag. Lifestyle. Sex. Art. | 17th May | LA

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991) Leather Brotherhood, 1982, Lithograph © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Leather Brotherhood, 1982, Lithograph
© 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

Men on the fringe: Men wearing fringe. Meet the misters and the sisters for the absolutely butchest kiki at the Con. Come into the light – and have your darkest questions answered. Two worlds colliding? Coinciding? Combining?

We believe in Art – though we appear apart. From the gran’daddy of Leather, Tom of Finland, to the most modern masterful mash-ups – discover how these men got to create their own identity – and how you can invent yours.

What are the scenes and how are they changing? Is Leather drag?

Scary? Grab a seat and git a grip.

SPEAKERS:
Trevor Black, aka Jem Jehova, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2015
Jordan Frink, aka Evelyn Trejoure, Mr. Sister Leather 2014
Nikolas Keith, aka Niki Coldwater, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2012
Eric Paul Leue, Mr. L.A. Leather 2014
Marc Ransdell-Bellenger, Mr. Long Beach Leather 2013
Drew Riebhoff, aka Holly Gobiteme, Mr. Iowa Leather 2014

MODERATORS:
Damiana Garcia (as played by Michael Lucid)
S. R. Sharp, Vice President, Tom of Finland Foundation

 

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Life Drawing Workshop | 3rd May | LA

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Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly and positive environment to practice your skills.

Sunday, 1-4p

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!

Refreshments.

$25 suggested donation at the door.
Scholarship funds available.

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required
[Kindly notify if you must cancel]

TOM House
Echo Park

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“Looking: Patrick Angus and Stuart Sandford” | 20th June | LA

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Looking is an an exhibition focusing on the artworks of Patrick Angus (1953-1992) and Stuart Sandford (b. 1978), shown together for the first time anywhere. It will feature drawings, photographs and sculptures by these two artists, who despite working some thirty-five years apart, share in creating artworks that represent gay culture in Los Angeles across four decades. The exhibition coincides with LGBT Heritage Month and provides perspective on the changing times and social landscape in Los Angeles.

PATRICK ANGUS (1953-1992), Dejeuner sur L'herbe, 1/22/79, 1979, Graphite on paper, 13 1/2" x 17"

PATRICK ANGUS (1953-1992), Dejeuner sur L’herbe, 1/22/79, 1979, Graphite on paper, 13 1/2″ x 17″

Patrick Angus’s Los Angeles Drawings capture the artist’s experience discovering the city and its inhabitants at the beginning of his career as an openly gay artist. Angus created the drawings in 1979, inspired by David Hockney’s book “72 Drawings” which also features portraits of men together in everyday life. The figurative drawings evoke narratives and humor while illustrating an emerging modern gay culture that did not exist in the eyes of the general population at that time.

Patrick Angus was born in North Hollywood, CA and later moved to New York City where he was deemed “The Toulouse-Lautrec of Times Square” for his works depicting young male erotic dancers at the Gaiety Theatre. His paintings and drawings have come to represent urban gay life in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

STUART SANDFORD, Tom's pissoir (day) [From the 1421 Laveta Terrace Series, a residency at the Tom of Finland Foundation, 2014], Polaroid print, 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" in.

STUART SANDFORD, Tom’s pissoir (day) [From the 1421 Laveta Terrace Series, a residency at the Tom of Finland Foundation, 2014],
Polaroid print, 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ in.

Looking is Stuart Sandford’s debut exhibition at the gallery and will feature Polaroid’s that were created during his fellowship at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, and other selected recent works. Building on an ongoing practice investigating unbridled adolescent narcissism and the self-reflexive nature of photography in the era of selfies, Facebook and Instagram; Sandford redeploys analog photographic process to document his experiences, preserving them for posterity with an unlikely medium. Each unique print captures an instantaneous moment – some ordinary, others erotic. Ultimately, Sandford creates a sequential portrait of a highly particular community, blurring the lines between artist and participant.

Stuart Sandford was born in Sheffield, England and studied at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His videos, photographs, appropriations, and sculptures subvert the heteronormative art world from within. His recent exhibitions include Invisible Line Gallery, London, England; Gallery Daeppen, Basel, Switzerland; and at the Schwule Museum, Berlin, Germany with recent works going to Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL; and the Art on Paper Fair, New York, NY. Sandford is currently working on a book titled after the address of Tom of Finland’s famous residence, 1421 Laveta Terrace.

Angus’ and Sandford’s visual explorations into contemporary gay culture in Los Angeles were created during times of markedly different cultural and societal norms. Each of these two artists provide the viewer with unique historical, social, and cultural insights into one of LA’s thriving communities.

Reception: Saturday, 6-8p

 

 

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“Down -n- Dirty” | 9th May | LA

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DJ Sets by Maricón Collective
Go-Go Boys, Photo Booth, Merch

Tableaux Vivant : Ménage à Trois
by Mr. Sister Leather Jordan
Preview Pop-up Show
Models from ToFF’s Life Drawing Class

5$ Suggested Donation

Tom of Finland’s real name is Touko Laaksonen –
because he was born on 8th May 1920, on the south coast of Finland,
and May in Finnish is “Toukokuu”.

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only  a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Valet Parking Also Available

FACEBOOK EVENT

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Award winning stamps

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Vuoden Huippu 2015

 

Yes, it is still possible for a printed piece of paper to build into an international event. Yes, graphic design does have an effect in other arenas besides marketing. And yes, the judges too bowed in front of these boys. This could have been realized in so many wrong ways, but this time it was made right.

The Tom of Finland stamps received a great honor from the Association of the Visual Communication Designers of Finland GRAFIA. They hold an annual competition for the best communications and design projects in Finland. This year the stamps received the Kultahuippu award (The Golden Peak) at the awards gala.

Congratulations to Tom of Finland Foundation’s Susanna Luoto and BOTH’s Timo Berry for exemplary work. A nation is proud and Touko certainly would be as well.

 

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