Since 1984, Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF)
has been a driving force – some would say
the driving force – in protecting, preserving,
and promoting the world’s erotic art. The
impetus for this came from our founder, the
artist Tom of Finland , who felt that,
whatever one’s gender or sexual
orientation, erotic art was
a source of beauty and pleasure.
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991)
Perfection, 1990, Pastel on paper, 19.50” x 14.00”
ToFF #90.08, © 1990 Tom of Finland Foundation
As time goes on, Tom’s artistry is becoming more widely recognized: his “dirty pictures,” as he termed them, now hang in major museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kiasma (Finland’s National Gallery) and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
But we have to face facts. Even though the Foundation is a tax-exempt Educational Archive, the nature of our work – and the work we try to preserve – makes it highly unlikely that we will ever be eligible for the large grants which governments, corporations, and philanthropies bestow upon arts organizations.
Which is where you come in. If you believe erotic art is a worthwhile, joyous thing, worthy of protection… if you believe that trailblazers such as Tom of Finland – whose work influenced generations of Gay men to re-imagine themselves – deserve to be remembered and honored, no matter the vagaries of politics… and if you believe our culture is richer because of artists who may not always achieve mainstream recognition… then help us.
If you are not already a member of the Foundation, please join. Membership levels range from $25 Artist, up to $2,500 Lifetime Membership. Our Members, who live all over the world, are the heart of ToFF.
If you can contribute to our Capital Campaign, please do, either by a cash gift, or one of appreciated securities. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and will help the Foundation acquire and renovate our headquarters, and achieve a sound physical footing.
When you prepare your will, please remember us with a bequest, and with at least a portion of your art collection. So many times, collectors assume their heirs will treasure their collections as they do – and so many times, precious works of art are consigned to oblivion because of the prejudices or ignorance of those heirs. If you leave your art to the Foundation, you can be sure it will live on after you and future generations will acknowledge your altruism.
For questions and detailed information on
membership, the Capital Campaign, and bequests,
please write us at Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org
or call 213.250.1685
We thank you for helping us in our mission to
protect, preserve, and promote erotic art.
1421 Laveta Terrace
Los Angeles, California 90026