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Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland at MOCA

LA Art Nerds! Check out this special members party (Assuming you are all MOCA members) at the MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER this weekend! Looks sexy and there is a special MOCAtv clip to go with it!

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THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES, INVITES YOU TO THE MEMBERS’ OPENING OF

BOB MIZER & TOM OF FINLAND

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013 6–9PM

MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER

8687 MELROSE AVENUE
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 213 621 1794
OR EMAIL MEMBERSHIP1@MOCA.ORG

Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most recognizable figures of 20th century erotic art and forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and Guest Co-Curator Richard Hawkins, in collaboration with the artists’ respective Foundations, the exhibition will feature a selection of Laaksonen’s masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s photographs, photo-collages, and films, as well as his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial—where drawings by “Tom” were first published in 1957.  More Info

Famed erotic artist Tom of Finland made as much of an impact on the lives of individual men as he did on the history of masculine representation. On a palm tree-lined street in Echo Park sits the Tom of Finland Foundation, a site that testifies to both personal and historical memory. Foundation co-founder and former Bruce Weber model Durk Dehner met Tom because of a compelling image on a bathroom wall, and soon became the artist’s muse, patron, and longtime friend. In this short video, Dehner and foundation vice president S.R. Sharp discuss Tom’s radical imaginary, his command of the gay male gaze, how Tom of Finland got his name, and why Tom made the move to Los Angeles. Dehner has preserved the home he shared with Tom as a homage to Tom’s legacy, and to this day, the home remains open to the public.

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