Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland

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The City of West Hollywood is happy to support the efforts of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, with this retrospective exhibition of work by Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland. Spanning five decades, the exhibition seeks a wider appreciation for Tom of Finland and Bob Mizer's work, considering their aesthetic influence on generations of artists, both gay and straight, among them, Kenneth Anger, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, David Hockney, G.B. Jones, Mike Kelley, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henrik Olesen, Jack Pierson, John Waters, and Andy Warhol. Watch this MOCA U talk for a nice look inside the Tom of Finland Foundation.

 

MOCA exhibiton: Bob Mizer + Tom of Finland
Nov. 2- Jan. 26

MOCA PDC
8687 Melrose Ave.
MOCA presents the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art and collaborations of Bob Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka "Tom of Finland" (1920-1991), two of the towering figures of twentieth century erotic art and legendary pioneers of Post-war gay culture. The exhibition will feature a selection of Laaksonen's iconic and masterful drawings and books, alongside Mizer's photographs, films, and examples of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial-where drawings by "Tom of Finland" were first published in the United States in 1957. Free admission. For more information, visit www.moca.org.

Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom at ONE Archives Gallery & Museum Opening Reception, FREE
Saturday, Nov. 9, 6-9 pm, on display until January 26, 2014.  
ONE Archives
626 North Robertson Boulevard
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom at the ONE Gallery in West Hollywood, an exhibition exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art and physique photography during the 1940s, 50s and 60s on the occasion of the Museum of Contemporary Art's retrospective Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland. www.onearchives.org

3rd Annual West Hollywood GoGo Dancer Appreciation Day Festival & Competition
Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 - 10:30 pm

Larrabee Street at Santa Monica Blvd.
Come out for the 3rd Annual West Hollywood GoGo Dancer Appreciation Day Festival! In conjunction with the MOCA PDC Bob Mizer + Tom of Finland exhibit, this year's theme is Tom of Finland. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wehogogofest.

MOCA Panel Discussion: “The Shaping of Desires”
Sunday, Nov 17, 3pm

West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd
In conjunction with Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland, MOCA presents a lively conversation exploring artistic investigations and representations of bodies, sexualities, and genders. Artists Heather Cassils, Monica Majoli, and A. L. Steiner will share their perspectives in this engaging discussion.
Reservations strongly encouraged; sign up at http://sites.moca.org/thecurve/5365-2/  
FREE admission; FREE parking with validation. 213/621-1745. Space provided by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

MOCA Panel Discussion: “Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland: Making Models of Homo-Masculinity”
Sunday, December 1, 3pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd
To coincide with World AIDS Day, also known as Day With(out) Art, MOCA invites you to a special panel discussion on the artistic and cultural significance of Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland. Join Dennis Bell, President of the Bob Mizer Foundation, Durk Dehner, President of the Tom of Finland Foundation, as well as artists Richard Hawkins and John Sonsini for this timely conversation moderated by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson. Reservations strongly encouraged; sign up at http://sites.moca.org/thecurve/5377-2/  
FREE admission; FREE parking with validation. 213/621-1745. Space provided by the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission.

For more info on West Hollywood Arts and Culture happenings visit www.weho.org/arts. For more info on Tom of Finland visit www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org. For more info on Bob Mizer please visit www.bobmizerfoundation.org.

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