Spend the night with TOM | 9th November | West Hollywood

TOM OF FINLAND, © 1974 - BOB MIZER, Physique Pictorial, 1974 Printed with Permission

TOM OF FINLAND (Detail), © 1974 Tom of Finland Foundation  – BOB MIZER, Physique Pictorial, 1974, Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.

Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland

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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Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom

Exhibition exploring context surrounding erotic art.

ONE Gallery

El Tovar and North Robertson, between Santa Monica & Melrose

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GoGo Dancer Appreciation Festival

The theme is TOM OF FINLAND.

The City of West Hollywood

Larrabee & Santa Monica


“Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom” | 9th November | LA-WeHo






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

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.

ONE Gallery
West Hollywood

Runs Through 26th January 2014


The exhibition presents photographs, illustrations and over twenty sculptures by Greer Lankton, pioneering transgender artist part of the legendary 1980’s East Village art scene.The exhibition will also feature a selection of the artist’s personal effects and a suite of unseen photographs of Lankton and Paul Monroe by artist Nan Goldin.OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 5-8 PM
The ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(Gallery entrance on El Tovar Pl.
Parking available, 1st hour free, in new library lot.)
Suggested donation $5.00Exhibit runs from July 9 to September 17, 2011
Open Fri 4:30 – 8:30PM, Sat & Sun 1 – 5 PM