Michael MP Griffin Art Show
Curated by Dulce Stein
“ I was pleased Stein chose to show my crowd paintings – Griffin says – because of my lifelong fascination with crowd dynamics, which are fluid like in nature. It started when I was a kid working at Oasis, a San Jose nightclub. From up high in the cat walks, I spent hours watching how, in a seemingly chaotic grouping of people, patterns form, and movements and emotions travel through like currents.
Often the dynamics could be predictable. It wasn’t long before I started experimenting with the abstract expression of that crowd energy in my paintings.”
Featuring additional events
with legendary performance artist Sheree Rose
and poet Gerald Locklin
Exhibit on view 4th-14th June
(Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Archival offset lithograph on 80 pound McCoy silk cover paper, 30 x 24 inches. © 1963 Tom of Finland Foundation
In this graphite drawing, originally published in Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial in 1969, Tom of Finland presents us with two handsome men dressed in motorcycle garb, complete with their signature black boots. They stand in front of an enticing sign asking “Who Will be Mr. Universe Next Year?” their gaze cast downwards, eyeing the barbell on the ground. The compelling drawing captures a moment of anticipation, conveying the message that anyone can become Mr. Universe, they just have to pick up that weight.
Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen in Finland in 1920, is considered to be one of the most iconic artists of all time. Known primarily for what he referred to as his “dirty drawings,” he cofounded Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 with the mission to safeguard and document Tom’s legacy and that of fellow artists.
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The poster will launch face-to-face at TOM’s Bar
21st June — LA
Big annual party honoring Tom of Finland—like a scene from his artwork—people coming together and having a hell of a good time.
The original work will be on view at Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play
Opens 13th June — NYC
The most comprehensive Tom of Finland survey exhibition to date including more than 190 drawings and paintings, over 300 pages of collages, as well as early childhood work.
Directed by: Gregorio Adam Davila
Produced by: Richard Xavier Corral & Mario J. Novoa
Most consider the NY Stonewall Riots of 1969 to be the birth of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. But there have been activists, artists and innovators in L.A. since the turn of the 20th century. These unsung pioneers paved the way for the Stonewall Riots and for us all.
LA A Queer History seeks to shed light on a part of American history and historical figures who are largely unacknowledged, and in turn, create a newfound dialogue about not only LGBTQ history, but how our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters effect the world we live in today. This dialogue will ultimately create a better understanding of the truly unique and utterly American culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community.
The evening’s screening will world premiere clips from L.A. A Queer History as well as Davila’s award winning short Nancy From East Side Clover. Also rarely seen LGBTQ shorts from the ’60s and ’70s by L.A. filmmakers Marshall Goldman and Pat Rocco.