Carr’s Memorial Celebration | 24th April | LA

Come, Share and Celebrate the Life of Carrington Galen

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Sunday, 2:30p
Social Potluck Lunch Following at 4p, Please Bring Food and Drink to Share

Carrington Galen’s Pleasure Gardens Located at TOM House

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You are encouraged to bring photos and stories of our divine Prince Carrington.
Plants and financial contributions to the ongoing care and development of
Carr’s Gardens are also much appreciated.

RSVP
office@tomoffinlandfoundation.org
213.250.1685

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On Tuesday morning April 12, 2016
Carr passed away from complications from cancer.
He passed away at the beautiful Carrington Galen’s Pleasure Park
which he created at Tom of Finland Foundation.

 

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Life Drawing Workshop | 10th April | LA

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MODELS: Yo and Michael

MODELS: Yo and Michael

Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

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

Sunday, 1-4p

[Early arrival suggested due to parking availability]

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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“Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play” | 6th May | Helsinki

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.38” x 8.31”,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.38” x 8.31”,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

In the world of Tom of Finland, everyone is allowed to be themselves – joy and pleasure belong to everyone. Kunsthalle Helsinki’s major exhibition portrays the artist’s work on wider scale than ever seen before.

A masterful stroke and iconic male figures have made Tom of Finland into one of Finland’s most widely-known artists. His bold and humorous imagery has sparked conversations on sexual diversity, equality as well as on the relationship between pornography and art.

The Pleasure of Play is the most comprehensive Tom of Finland exhibition to date, spanning six decades to include more than 180 drawings, 1930s childhood paper dolls, the full set of 1940s gouaches along with triptychs, individual drawings, storyboards and over 300 reference pages.

The exhibition was initially seen, conceived for, and produced by Artists Space, New York in Summer 2015 and has been complemented with works and documentation portraying aspects of the personal history of the artist, such as early landscapes and photos lent from family albums.

Opening Friday 6-8p with Pekka Strang

Runs through 7th August 2016

 

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“Cock, Paper, Scissors” | 2nd April | LA

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An exhibition of 15 artists on queer collage drawn from the archives alongside work by contemporary artists. 

ANITA STECKEL, Anita of New York Meets Tom of Finland, 2004/2005, Mixed media on book pages, 19.6" x 13.5". Photo by Adam Reich. Courtesy Estate of Anita Steckel and the Suzanne Geiss Company, New York

ANITA STECKEL, Anita of New York Meets Tom of Finland, 2004/2005, Mixed media on book pages, 19.6″ x 13.5″. Photo by Adam Reich. Courtesy Estate of Anita Steckel and the Suzanne Geiss Company, New York

Cock, Paper, Scissors places special focus on the work of four rarely exhibited artists that produced collages for personal pleasure drawn from the collections at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. From ONE, this includes the anonymous “Graphic Albums Collection,” which combines gay male pornography with pages from interior design and visual arts magazines, and the collages by erotic artist Olaf Odegaard. From the Leslie-Lohman Museum, this includes the anonymous “West End Collection,” a vast archive of Xeroxed collages of BDSM imagery, many including Nazi fetishism, and collages by psychic Ingo Swann, who developed a process known as “remote viewing” for the CIA during the 1970s. In addition, the exhibition includes collages by Steve Blevins as reproduced in gay porn magazines from the 1980s, often as illustrations for erotic fiction. Theses eclectic producers all utilize gay male pornography to innovative and wildly explicit ends.

While Cock, Paper, Scissors is undoubtedly a celebration of the numerous uses of gay male pornography, the inclusion of historical and contemporary feminist collage practices seeks to address gay male phallocentrism with feminist critique and lesbian power. The exhibition includes a site-specific installation by feminist pioneer Mary Beth Edelson, part of an ongoing series of collage projects initiated years after her renowned collage posters of the 1970s; a series of preparatory collages by Marlene McCarty produced for her large-scale drawings of young women who committed patricide; and a series of mixed-media collages by veteran feminist artist Anita Steckel that places the artist within drawings by Tom of Finland, exploring the possibility of alternate forms of cross-gender desire and visual pleasure.

Many of the artists in Cock, Paper, Scissors utilize collage for deconstruction or intervention within the circulation of images. Enrique Castrejon meticulously cuts-up and measures the figures from the gay porn magazine Black Inches. Jonathan Molina-Garcia combines images of his own body with those of older HIV+ men as part of a larger series on gay male intergenerational knowledge. Suzanne Wright merges the female body with monumental and utopian architecture. Glenn Ligon plays with the vernacular form of the photo-album, combining fetishistic photographs of Black men with family photographs. Jade Yumang screen-prints pages from vintage porn magazines onto fancifully decorative bundles of soft sculpture phalluses. In a newly commissioned work responding to the archive of West End, Kate Huh utilizes fragments from the collection to produce collages that are embroidered by LJ Roberts.

Opening reception: Saturday, 6-9p

Runs through 10th July

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