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 .

Tom’s images of idealized masculinity are iconic but few people have seen anything other than reproductions proliferated on line. The PHD exhibition showcases 28 graphite on paper drawings culled from throughout his career. Tom’s work is part of many public and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, The Art Institute of Chicago, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Kiasma, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.


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