“Tom of Finland”

Tom of Finland, which follows the life of Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, from the trenches of WWII through the repression of the 1950s to the advancement of gay liberation, will be screened Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 13 and 14 at 11 a.m. The Jan. 10 screening will include a wine reception before the film and a Q&A after the movie at the Art Theatre of Long Beach.

Organizers at the Q Film Festival, which spotlights LGBTQ films and is produced by the Long Beach LGBTQ Center, wanted to schedule Chavela and Tom of Finland during the September movie showcase, but the films were not available, said Robert Cano, who programmed the two films and is the founder of the Festival.


Tom first came to Los Angeles in 1978 to showcase his artwork in a solo exhibition. The success of the show led him to become a frequent traveler to the region. The erotic at pioneer lived in a two-story Craftsman house in Echo Park, owned by Durk Dehner, who invited Tom to use the home as his local studio and residence. Tom also used the house to escape the cold Finnish winters.

Pioneering erotic artist Tom of Finland, lived in this two-story Echo Park house, TOM House, during the latter years of his life. Photo: Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy


In 1984, Tom and Durk spearheaded Tom of Finland Foundation in the house to catalog his work and to provide a safe space for artists facing discrimination and misrepresentation due to the erotic nature of their work.

In July 2016, the Foundation nominated the Tom of Finland House at 1421 Laveta Terrace for designation as an Historic-Cultural Monument. Four months later, the Los Angeles City Council approved the nomination.





Tom of Finland Foundation Life Drawing Session | 14th January | LA


Uninstructed Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly
and positive environment to practice your skills.
Please bring your own materials.

Sunday, 1-4p

MODELS: Shaun and Cory

[Early arrival suggested due to parking availability]

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!


Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required
(Even when you buy your ticket online)

Kindly notify if you must cancel.

$30 suggested donation upon arrival.
$25 in advance from Eventbrite
Scholarship funds available.

Please use your phone outside the drawing area.
(No photography)

TOM House
Echo Park

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