Closing Reception for Tom of Finland Exhibit – St. Louis – August 7

TOM of FINLAND: Original Drawings

Concludes with A Recognition from St. Louis LGBT History Project

Closing Reception and Mixer is Sunday, August 7, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.


The first EVER exhibition in St. Louis of ORIGINAL Tom of Finland drawings  closes with a reception. Special Guest of the gallery is The St. Louis LGBT History Project whose members will present a selection of LGBT memorabilia from their archives. To commemorate the historic exhibition of TOM of FINLAND drawings, St. Louis LGBT History Project Founder Steven Brawley will present a Certificate of Recognition to PHD Gallery owner Philip Hitchcock for his efforts in bringing this landmark body of work to the St. Louis LGBT community.  Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

PHD Gallery
2300 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118



TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preliminary drawing)
1988, Graphite on paper, 11.50” x 8.50”, ToFF #0399
© 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

Founded in 2007, The St. Louis LGBT History Project  is operated by Steven Brawley (founder), Colin Murphy and Ian Darnell.

The mission of The Project is to preserve the myriad stories of The Gateway City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender past. As a resident partner of The LGBT Center of St. Louis, The Project serves as the unofficial collecting arm for the St. Louis LGBT Archives  at UMSL, conducts and facilitates oral histories with area LGBT Elders, works with area LGBT organizations on maintaining their own archive, and seeks out and preserves LGBT history, documents, artifacts and memorabilia. The Project has developed a LGBT Walking Tour in the city’s Central West End, is available to speak on St. Louis’ LGBT History and provides displays from The Project collection. The goal of The Project is to not only celebrate and preserve our city’s LGBT History, but make it accessible through digital media. For more information .

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Original Artwork by Tom of Finland

Gallery representation for the work of
Tom of Finland
Feature Inc.
131 Allen Street, New York, New York

Through special arrangement with Feature Inc.
there is currently an exhibition in Saint Louis
(through August 6th)
Tom of Finland: Original Drawings
PHD Gallery

2300 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, Missouri

Photo by Phillip Stuart, 1985.

In Europe,
Galeria Espacio Minimo
Doctor Fourquet 17, Madrid, Spain

With an exhibition in the Netherlands
(through September 4th)
Tom of Finland and Mates
Galerie MooiMan
Noorderstationsstraat 40, Groningen, The Netherlands

“Finlandization” walk with Tom of Finland and get-together party – July 28th

Walk with Tom of Finland

See the places where Touko Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland, lived and loved from war years until his death in 1991. The walk begins at Svenska Teatern (the Swedish Theater) and takes us round southern Helsinki through the Esplanade to South Quay, and on to Observatory Hill and Kaivopuisto Park. During the tour we will hear excerpts from an historic interview in which Tom himself talks about his experiences on the gay scene in Helsinki.  The walk takes about 2 hours and ends at Hugo’s Room for the inaugural get-together of Finlandization 25.

We’ll meet up at Erottaja Bus Terminal by the Swedish Theatre at 7 pm

Get together party

After the tour you can start partying at Hugo’s Room. Get together party  starts at 9 PM and continues to 2AM.






Helsinki, 19–21.

Opastettu kävelyretki Tom of Finlandin jalanjäljissä eteläisessä Helsingissä. Käymme paikoissa joissa myös Tom kävi ja koki pimeän ja syntisen Helsingin hekuman sota-ajoista meidän päiviimme saakka. Kierroksella voi kuulla historiallisen haastattelun otteita, joissa Tom itse kertoo kokemuksistaan käheänlämpimällä äänellään. Lähtö kello 19 Erottajan bussipysäkiltä Ruotsalaisen teatterin vierestä. Kierros kestää noin kaksi tuntia ja päättyy Finlandization 25:n tervetulokokoontumiseen Hugo’s?Roomiin.