(LA) Tom of Finland - Tour and Discussion

  • 11 Oct 2014
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Los Angeles, CA

Ivy Pride Alliance LA Presents...
Tom of Finland - Tour and Discussion
Los Angeles, CA
Co-hosted by Emory Gala, USC Lambda, U Chicago LGBT Alumni, Brown TBGALA, Cal Alumni Pride, UCLA Lambda, Harvard GSC, PennGALA, Stanford Pride, GLIvyN and FFR/Princeton BTGALA

WHEN: Saturday, Oct 11, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
WHERE: TOM House, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
COST: $5 cash or check at the door, includes reception
RSVP: Requested - please fill out our RSVP Form at http://www.uchicagolgbtalumni.org/article.html?aid=295

Architect of some of the most iconic and readily recognizable imagery of post-World War II gay culture, Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen produced thousands of evocative, fantasy-driven representations of masculine desire that were disseminated worldwide. Operating at a time when the closet was still the norm and when no such thing as a gay community existed, Laaksonen – under the famous pseudonym of "Tom of Finland" – provided an ocular feast for men and women alike. In doing so, he helped set the stage for an emerging gay leather culture and inspired such artists as Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol, post-punk riot grrrl G. B. Jones, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, and Madonna.

Honoring the legacy of Tom of Finland and his status as a significant figure of twentieth-century erotic art, please join us on October 11 for a tour of the artist’s extraordinary Los Angeles home furnished to the brim with original works of art and other objects from Tom’s life and time. While the artist made no secret of his preference for men, the tour will also include rarely seen portrayals of women and Tom’s simultaneous catering for the female gaze. The tour will be followed by a lively, intellectual discussion exploring Tom’s work and the rampant discrimination against sexually provocative art.

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