All things LGBT, erotic, beautiful, taboo and fringe


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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, c.1965, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1965-2019 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival 2019: OUR Community Standards
5th-6th October

Recon visits TOM House for last year’s Art Fair and presents a genuine reflection of our vibrant and relevant community.


We are experiencing unprecedented challenges to our freedoms – especially when it comes to expression, as has been experienced by a number of LGBT artists who have been deleted, removed, banned or otherwise barred from full representation on social media.

For nearly a quarter century Tom of Finland Foundation has hosted an annual Art and Culture Festival celebrating all things LGBT, erotic, beautiful, taboo and fringe.

OUR Community Standards will look at censorship in art, and provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for both artists and the general public to see, feel and engage with art of all types, in a historic location that has played host to many luminaries throughput the years.

The Festival will showcase nearly 50 artists, the opportunity for visitors to make art themselves during the life drawing sessions with live models, film screenings, a live auction and the annual presentation of Tom of Finland Foundation Awards – to artists, supporters, and those who make a difference.

Saturday 5th October 2019
– Art Fair – Noon to 6:00p

– Drawing Session Noon – 3:00p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

– Mikki Yamashiro 1:00 – 1:15p

– Panel Discussion – 2:00p
“How Do We Communicate On/With Social Media,” moderated by Jennifer Tyburczy, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Panel: Rick Castro, Artist; Brendan Hamme, Lawyer, ACLU; Marvel A. Rex, Artist; Dakota Belle Witt, Activist, ACLU;
Angela “Angel” Divina, Artist.

 – Peter Kalisch 4:30 – 4:45p

– Screenings – 7:00p
Hustler White (1996) and Sticks and Stones (2014)
Rick Castro will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions.


Sunday 6th October 2019
– Art Fair – Noon to 6:00p

– Sob Sister 1 – 1:15p
Musical Performance

– Drawing Session Noon – 2:00p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

– Awards Presentation – 2:00p
Honorees includes Don Bachardy, Pierre Davis, Christopher Harrity and Danny Fuentes.

– Live Auction – 4:00p
Works from around the world – Japan, Great Britain, the United States and Finland.
See artwork below.

– Vicente Ugartechea 4:30 – 5:00p

Admission is $12 for each day, $12 for the screening; or $20 for a weekend pass.
Day of: $14 per day/$24 both days and films4fags




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