The definition of a life well lived

1949-2019

Dan Berkowitz has died of a heart attack 9th December 2019.

Dan was a past president of Tom of Finland Foundation. Among the many things he accomplished here, was a campaign he spearheaded to perform a number of essential repairs to the Foundation’s headquarters, some exacerbated by a 1994 earthquake. He will be remembered for coordinating events with our hard-working ToFF volunteers and contributions to our newsletter.

We can’t bear the thought of the upcoming holidays without Dan. At parties. HIS parties. He always WAS the party – wise, wise-cracking and exceedingly generous.

Here’s raising a Cosmopolitan to you, Dan!


Dan Berkowitz was a writer/producer/director whose credits include television shows, commercials, videos, plays, and musical revues. He was a West Coast member liaison for The Dramatists Guild of America, and a Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. His stage work has been produced in theatres across the country, and he wrote a regular column for The Dramatist magazine.


So many have kindly asked how they can help, and making a contribution would be a practical, supportive way to demonstrate your affection for our extraordinary friend.


Dan Berkowitz was active in civic affairs. He was a member of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board for many years along with other prominent LGBT figures such as Ivy Bottini, Bill Gordon, Ben McCormick, Jimmy Palmieri, Sue Sexton, Nadia Sutton, and Ruth Tittle. As a board member, Berkowitz spoke out in 2011 when a controversy erupted over the city’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission’s refusal to approve an exhibit of erotic male art at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium. The exhibition was the city’s 16th annual West Hollywood-Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair, sponsored by the Tom of Finland Foundation. Berkowitz opposed the Arts Commission’s decision, and the City Council eventually overruled it and let the art fair take place.

“The most alarming thing is none of the people on that commission are our enemies,” Berkowitz said in an interview published in L.A. Weekly. “When the LGBT community is attempting to censor its own…things are really in trouble.”

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A memorial for Dan will be held on 18th January 2020 at 1p.
Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts
Hollywood

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Stefan Pinto’s “Smoke + Mirrors” Features Bodies of All Shapes and Sizes

WeHo photographer Stefan Pinto’s Smoke + Mirrors exhibit will open Saturday at AC Gallery in Los Angeles

Pinto’s first solo exhibition is supported by Out magazine and Tom of Finland Foundation. An announcement of the exhibition says it “is filled with flashing-hot strobe lights and fashion focused poses that twist into sublime humanist statements of the sweetest intimacy. Bodies of all shapes and sizes are his canvas. In ‘Smoke + Mirrors,’ Pinto produces a compelling photographic survey, chronicling a post-modern age of multiracial, multicultural and gender-fluid people who inhabit Pinto’s portraits.”

The exhibit is intended to show “different-bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people.” There also will be a seven-image XX Room. Its images, according to the announcement, are mostly “NSFW or for Facebook, but highly intimate, tender that effectively captures the vulnerability of people’s innermost desires in a compelling and gripping moment.”

Pinto is a model as well as a photographer. He began his modeling career in 2005 when he was discovered by a model scout in Miami’s South Beach. As a model, he was involved in shoots with photographers such as David Vance, Michael Stokes, Justin Monroe, Mark Henderson and Rick Day. While modeling, Pinto learned photography from the talent side of the camera and started shooting photographs himself. In 2007 he studied with Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey in Oaxaca, Mexico while on expedition with National Geographic. Later that same year his photography would take him on a ten-day journey through Eastern Europe’s Baltic region. His most recent overseas assignment was in 2016 to France, to photograph one of Boisset Winery’s great estates.

The exhibit is intended to show “different-bodied LGBT and LGBT-friendly people.” There also will be a seven-image XX Room. Its images, according to the announcement, are mostly “NSFW or for Facebook, but highly intimate, tender that effectively captures the vulnerability of people’s innermost desires in a compelling and gripping moment. “

The exhibit runs through March 25. The gallery, also known as Artists Corner, is located at 1546 Highland Ave. near Selma. The opening night event begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The photos are on view at the gallery from March 5 to 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a closing reception on March 25 from 7 to 10 p.m.

 By Henry (Hank) Scott 

 

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