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BOB MIZER & TOM OF FINLAND Exhibition coming to MOCA

Dates: 11/02/13 – 01/26/14

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

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. Presented in collaboration with the Bob Mizer Foundation and the Tom of Finland Foundation, based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, 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. Spanning work of five decades, the exhibition seeks a wider appreciation for Mizer and Laaksonen’s art, considering their aesthetic influence on generations of artists, both gay and straight, while also acknowledging its profound cultural and social impact, most importantly in providing open, powerful imagery of queer sexuality in an era of rapidly shifting attitudes towards homosexuality. This exhibition is organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.

picture information:
Bob Mizer
Physique Pictorial Volume 16 Number 4, February 1968
Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc.

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