Tom of Finland’s Erotic Drawings Highlight This Weekend’s Art Openings

Just in time for Pridefest weekend, Tom of Finland brings his infamous and empowering erotic drawings to the phd gallery. As Tom himself puts it, “If gay men have historically been portrayed as weak, pathetic and sad individuals, then Tom’s drawings blew this stereotype out of the water! His men were proud, happy and dignified. They were powerful and unapologetic and gay men saw these hyper-masculine images as heroes. Indeed, if you glance through comic books you’ll see the depiction of most Super Heroes is not unlike the men in [these] drawings. Tom’s drawings espoused an ideal in sexual prowess, and worldly empowerment for gay men that lasts even today.”

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From "Washed-upped"), 1962, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #62.10, © 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation

More information on this event and more after the jump.
By Chrissy Wilmes Fri., Jun. 24 2011 at 8:00 AM

Out – and – Out: Living and Loving, an Exhibition of Affirmative Identity – LA – June 26

Start: 26 June 2011
Finish: 24 July 2011




 ChimMaya has a long history of celebrating/showcasing established,
emerging, and rising stars in the arts community. On the heels of our
mission, we’ve decided to open our newest gallery space ‘The Beverly Project’ with an exhibition that echoes the spirit that has grounded ChimMaya over the years.In solidarity w/June ‘Gay Pride’ month … ChimMaya has assembled an
amazing and eclectic group of Gay/Lesbian artists for a groundbreaking
exhibition in our new gallery, adjacent to our main building.

ChimMaya has invited these gifted artists…to open this exhibition of ‘affirmative identity’ during ‘Gay Pride’ month, in celebration of all the individuals who have, and do, encounter discrimination and intolerance…based on gender, race/ethnicity, body image, and sexual identity/orientation.

Female Artists: Ana Landeros, Magda Audfried, Ana Castillo,
Violetta Antonia Sorcini, Angela Ortiz, Marla Hidalgo, Jennifer Olvera,
Rosie Garcia

Male Artists: Miguel Angel Reyes, Juan Solis, Hector Silva, Joey Terrill,
Tony de Carlo, Antonio Rael, Ariel Vargassal, Angel Villanueva,
Raul Pizarro, Lalo Ugalde, Riddle, Jesse Hinostroza, Manuel Acevedo,
Manuel Saenz, Edward Escamilla

The galley owners, Steven Acevedo and Daniel Gonzalez, seek to promote community awareness of the visual arts by offering a setting where the public can gather for the appreciation of arts and culture.

Gallery ChimMaya is located is located in the East Los Angeles / Montebello / Monterey Park area, two blocks east of Atlantic Boulevard.

5283 East Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90022

Weekdays: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Monday
Closed Sunday


ToFF @ ONE Archives Gallery – “never alone” – WeHo – June 26 Closing Party

Everyone is invited to
the Closing Party of never alone
on Sunday, June 26th, 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

never alone
A Look at Tom and His Friends

Works by artists from the
Tom of Finland Foundation
permanent collection.


TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Valio Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Study), 1989, Graphite on paper, ToFF #0502, © 2011 Tom of Finland Foundation


+ Informal “Gallery Talk” on Exhibition
+ Videotaping of Interviews with Artists & Curators
+ Beverages

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
(Gallery entrance on El Tovar Place)
West Hollywood, California 90069