TOM OF FINLAND (Detail), © 1974 Tom of Finland Foundation – BOB MIZER, Physique Pictorial, 1974, Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.
Exhibition devoted to their erotic art.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Pacific Design Center
North San Vicente, between Santa Monica & Melrose
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Exhibition exploring context surrounding erotic art.
El Tovar and North Robertson, between Santa Monica & Melrose
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The theme is TOM OF FINLAND.
The City of West Hollywood
Larrabee & Santa Monica
An exhibition exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art and physique photography during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s
on the occasion of
The Museum of Contemporary Art’s
retrospective of seminal gay artists
Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland.
HAROLD L. DITTMER, Title unknown, c.1950, Physique photograph collage
ONE’s exhibition will explore how producers and consumers of physique photography negotiated silence and censorship to carve out a space for homoerotic content on the sidelines of dominant culture. Using photographer Bob Mizer, founder of the American Model Guild (AMG), and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland,” as a fulcrum, the exhibition will look back to those who preceded the two, influential contemporaries, and more broadly examine how the circulation of underground erotic materials contributed to the rise to queer culture. Drawn from the collections of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest LGBTQ repository in the world, with additional materials on loan from Tom of Finland Foundation, the exhibition will include numerous bodybuilding and beefcake magazines from the period, as well as original artworks, collages, primary documents, and a range of related ephemera.
Runs Through 26th January 2014