TOM OF FINLAND – Male Masterworks
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:00 pm – Midnight
Opening on the weekend of Miami Beach Gay Pride,
this exhibit of 20 original drawings and paintings
focuses on artwork that greatly influences Gay culture
by challenging oppressive stereotypes.
By depicting masculine men enjoying their sexuality free of shame,
Tom of Finland has had an important effect on global culture.
Five decades of this prolific artist’s work is represented
and shows the development of his techniques
and the breadth of his subject matter,
with many pieces shown to the public for the very first time.
Tom of Finland’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence,
openness and a positive self-image in the Gay community.
Even with progress in Gay rights, stereotyping continues in entertainment and media,
proving that a discussion about the diversity
of masculine and feminine role models is as relevant now, as ever.
The curator, Volker Morlock,
will give a talk on the pioneering artist at the opening.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Untitled, 1985, Graphite on paper
ToFF #85.12, © 1985 Tom of Finland Foundation
Also, as part of the exhibit,
is a new video tribute to Tom of Finland
and rare, vintage memorabilia.
April 14, 2012 – July 31, 2012
Admission: $15 to Museum