GoGo Fest | 9th November | LA – WeHo

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Dancers, Celebrity Judges, Red Carpet, Show & Competition

This Year’s Theme is
TOM OF FINLAND

So Come Prepared for a Wild Night

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1963, Graphite on paper, © 1963 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1963, Graphite on paper, © 1963 Tom of Finland Foundation

All dancers are inspired by Tom of Finland
thanks to Creative Director, celebrity designer Donato Crowley of Donato Designs
and Stefanie Carrillo of 665 Leather and Fetish Company.

What Will You Wear?

7:30p – 10:30p
JOIN THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD, FRONTIERS MEDIA,

“OLD BOYS TOWN” BARS/CLUBS, VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD,
MOCA & TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
DURING/AFTER THE
Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland
OPENING AT PDC, 6p-9p

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Tom of Finland, Bob Mizer Erotic Art on View at MOCA | 2nd November 2013 – 26 January 2014

Pioneering pornography producer Bob Mizer’s work was heavily suppressed in the 1950s, so much so that he was arrested and charged with the dissemination of obscene materials. Now, as gay culture gains more acceptance in both the art-world and the mainstream, Mizer is being honored as an important figure in shaping the erotic imagery of men. Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland, a new exhibition dedicated to iconic and rare works by Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish) and erotic photographer Mizer, will be on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

TOM OF FINLAND, Pen & ink, gouache on paper, © 1972 Tom of Finland Foundation, Inc.

TOM OF FINLAND, Pen & ink, gouache on paper, © 1972 Tom of Finland Foundation

BOB MIZER, Silver gelatin print, Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.

BOB MIZER, Silver gelatin print, Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.

The show revisits how gay artists in the mid-20th century were “robbing straight homophobic culture of its most virile and masculine archetypes (bikers, hoodlums, lumberjacks, cops, cowboys, and sailors) and recasting them—through deft skill and fantastic imagination—as unapologetic, self-aware, and boastfully proud enthusiasts of gay sex.”

The exhibition will feature a selection of Laaksonen’s iconic and masterful drawings and books, alongside Mizer’s photographs, films, and examples of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial—where drawings by “Tom of Finland” were first published in the United States in 1957. Spanning work of five decades, the exhibition seeks a wider appreciation for Mizer and Laaksonen’s art, considering their aesthetic influence on generations of artists, both gay and straight, while also acknowledging its profound cultural and social impact, most importantly in providing open, powerful imagery of queer sexuality in an era of rapidly shifting attitudes towards homosexuality.

We’ll be sure to get out there to have ourselves an, um, aesthetic experience.

Yes, let’s go with that.

By Eric Shorey

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MOCA presents first exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland

BOB MIZER, Physique Pictorial , 1968. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND, 1962. Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.

BOB MIZER, Physique Pictorial , 1968. Artwork: TOM OF FINLAND, 1962. Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.

 

The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and guest Co-Curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition is presented with the full collaboration of the Bob Mizer Foundation, El Cerrito, and the Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.

 

Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland is presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Pacific Design Center,  8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, 11.02.13 – 01.26.14. moca.org

 

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