Photograph from The Fairoaks Project donated to Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland Foundation has received a donation of a photograph that was included in The Fairoaks Project, an exhibit of Polaroid photographs that Frank Melleno took of the Fairoaks Hotel, a San Francisco bathhouse, in the spring and summer of 1978.

Signed and donated by the show’s curator, Gary Freeman, the photograph is called Gold Cap. It is captioned: “A strategically placed clothespin advertises a preference by this sensitive young man.”

Donated to Tom of Finland Foundation: "Gold Cap". A strategically placed clothespin advertises a preference by this sensitive young man. Restored 1978 Polaroid photograph taken by Frank Melleno, 14.25” x 11”.

“Gold Cap”. A strategically placed clothespin advertises a preference by this sensitive young man.
Restored 1978 Polaroid photograph taken by Frank Melleno, 14.25” x 11”. Donated by Gary Freeman to Tom of Finland Foundation.

The show debuted at DRKRM Gallery in Los Angeles (June 12-27, 2010) and has since travelled to Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica, Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco and, most recently, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York this year (a flyer for this show was posted to TOM’s Blog on June 27).

Further photographs from the exhibit can be found in Mark Thompson’s review essay of the New York show, which was published in The Advocate on June 28 this year. Thompson also wrote the introduction for the limited edition hardcover book of photographs from the exhibit, The Fairoaks Project: Polaroids from a San Francisco Bathhouse 1978, which is also available for purchase.

To donate artwork to Tom of Finland Foundation, please contact us by phone (+1 213 250 1685) or email (Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org).

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