Celebrate the arrival of a collection from Tom of Finland Foundation. We are honored to be showing an intimate look at the resources created and used used by the iconic and legendary Tom of Finland (Finnish, Touko Laaksonen, 1920 – 1991).
Tom of Finland’s art has always brought us Gay images as heroic god-like figures that have become a crucial, historic part of the art world. In this exhibition, we will see a selection of source materials that helped to serve as inspiration for some of his work.
In 1984, the nonprofit Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) was established by the artist and Durk Dehner. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homoerotic art, the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response.
Opening: 8-10p, second floor