In conjunction with the recently extended Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play (now on view through 13th September), Artists Space presents an evening of back-to-back gay classics.
Gays don’t want to be gay, but be as bourgeois and kitschy as the average citizen.
– It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives, Rosa von Praunheim, 1971
It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives, 1971
Rosa von Praunheim, 67min
Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet), 1981
Frank Ripploh, 95min
Tongues Untied, 1989
Marlon Riggs, 55min
No Skin Off My Ass, 1993
Bruce LaBruce, 73min
With music video interludes.
Friday, 7p – late
$5 Entrance Donation
(Members Free, Guaranteed Entry)
On the occasion of the Echo Park Historical Society quarterly meeting at TOM House
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell presented
Tom of Finland Foundation and Durk Dehner
with Certificates of Recognition on behalf of
the City of Los Angeles.
Thank you to the City, the 13th District and Mitch
for paying tribute to the great and long history of the LGBT community
and cementing our proper place in mainstream society.
Sculptures We Do Not See, an exhibition showcasing Soviet Era art, opened last Friday at Moscow’s Manege Center. The exhibition included works from participants of the LeSS group, active in parallel to conventional art of the Soviet era, including artists such as Vadim Sidur, Nikolai Silis, and Vladimir Lemport. Topics surrounding the works include religious themes—a censored subject during Russia’s Soviet reign between 1922 and 1991.
Decades after creation, and the sculptures still show themselves capable of inciting controversy. “Delusional people came to the exhibition who broke several works belonging to the Manege collection, by Vadim Sidur,” Yelena Karneyeva, spokesperson for the Manege Museum, told AFP.
Head of the conservative religious organization God’s Will, Dmitry Tsorionov—who uses the pseudonym Dmitry Enteo—confirmed he was present opening day of the exhibition when the incident took place. “We called the police,” he said. “They will close the exhibition for offending believers.”
Enteo is notorious figure among Moscow’s cultural sectors. Earlier this year, he attempted to stop a gay pride rally in Moscow. In 2012, he took part in a threatening display against Moscow’s G-Spot Museum of Erotic Art. This time last year, following a lecture he gave, Enteo was criticized for his statements comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to God. Enteo’s most recent alleged attack is heating up the digital media world with outrage from various sources criticizing his protesting methods. Radio journalist, Vladimir Varfolomeev of Echo of Moscow tweeted: “Now Orthodox warriors are smashing a sculpture exhibition in the center of Moscow. Hail the Russian IS.”
However, Vladimir Legoida, spokesperson for the Orthodox Church, told RIA Novosti news agency there should be a “legal assessment” of the attack, adding that believers “undoubtedly have the right to protest.” At the moment, whether Enteo will be charged with vandalism or any other charges is unclear.
The Tom of Finland Foundation has collaborated with artists and designers to satisfy a new generation of collectors with a variety of objects and apparel (including rugs, clothes, and dildos), so I was curious what might be available at Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play, the comprehensive Tom of Finland exhibition, through Sept. 13 at Artists Space in New York City’s SoHo.
Two T-shirts are available for purchase, a simple white one with a drawing and an elaborate muscle tee with that has a high-resolution printing of collaged images from his archive on both sides (an example of one the designs is pictured below).
Unsure what the busy design would look like when worn, I was surprised to see a guy wearing the shirt the following day at the Sunday Backyard Barbecue at Metropolitan bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and couldn’t help but poke one of the dude’s faces covering his nipple and complimented him on the Tom tee. He didn’t seem to mind.