OF FINLAND FOUNDATION'S
NEW YORK CITY FUNDRAISER AND RECEPTION
COMING OF AGE
MAY 17, 2006
& WEBSITE QUALITY IMAGES
FOR COMING OF AGE AND OUR NEW YORK EROTIC
ART FAIR WEEKEND
reception, TOM OF FINLAND: COMING OF AGE — 21 will be
held Wednesday, May 17, 2006, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM,
at the Charles Cowles Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, in Manhattan.
one-night-only exhibition. 21 original Tom of Finland drawings,
never before seen in New York! The fundraiser/reception
at the prestigious Charles Cowles Gallery, in the West Chelsea
Gallery District, will showcase 21 of Tom of Finland’s finest
works from the Foundation’s Permanent Collection. A special
presentation by the Consul General of Finland, along with
Finlandia cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Taste Catering and a
special performance art piece by KENiMATTix will make this benefit
the event of the year.
Tom of Finland is now included in the permanent collection
of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)! Five original works
by Tom of Finland were recently purchased by the Judith Rothschild
Foundation and included in a collection of 1,500 significant 20th
century drawings that has been gifted to the Museum of Modern
Art (MoMA) in New York. Tom’s work has been acquired for the permanent
collections of many museums including: the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art; the
Chicago Art Institute; the Portland Museum of Art; the Kiasma,
Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art; and, now, the important
Rothschild gift. Tom of Finland can no longer be considered an
"outsider" but will be recognized for what he was: one
of the historically significant artists of the 20th century.
The Foundation is celebrating its 21st birthday!
Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1929-1991), and Durk Dehner,
Foundation Director, created the Foundation 21 years ago to preserve
and document Tom’s work for future generations. Within a few years
of its inception, reacting to the rampant spread of AIDS and the
possible loss and destruction of important artwork, its mission
was expanded to include the protection, preservation and promotion
of all erotic art. The Permanent Collection, including original
works by Tom and hundreds of other artists, comprises the world’s
largest repository of erotic art.
“I know my little ‘dirty
drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre,
but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better
say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of
loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller
side rooms.” Tom of Finland — 1991
OF AGE is co-chaired by Brian Crede, Mark Nelson,
and Gary Robinson. Tickets
and Sponsorships start at $75, and may be purchased on the
Foundation's Website or by calling 212.206.7579 or 213.250.1685.
The after party is
at the Ninth Ave. Bistro where Will Clark will be hosting Porno
Bingo. They'll be raising funds for the Foundation, and the
Bistro offers special "shot" prices for those who come
in leather. DVDs donated by Dark Alley. 693 9th Ave.
These fundraisers kick
off five spectacular days of Tom of Finland in New York. The Foundation’s
Annual New York City Erotic Art Fair Weekend starts
with an Artist Reception on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 PM.
The Fair will be open to the public on Saturday, the 20th, from
noon to 6:00 PM, and on Sunday, the 21st,
from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street.
Official Sponsors include the Center and the Consulate General
of Finland in New York.
Proceeds from these
events will benefit The Tom of Finland Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
For more information
on Tom and some quotations from him, visit here.
For updated info on
all Foundation events, visit www.TomOfFinlandFoundation.org.
High resolution images suitable for press and website use in
conjunction with these events, including the Rothschild
collection, are available here.)
link to this event.
of Age Press Contact: Gary Robinson
Lean more about the
Foundation in our latest Dispatch newsletter.
View it in PDF form here,
or contact us at 213.250.1685
or by e-mail
to get a complementary printed copy.
O M O F F
I N L A N D F O U
N D A T I O N
years of dedication to
protecting, preserving and promoting erotic art