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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
November 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
presents:
Art & Physique
Circa Bob & Tom


HAROLD L. DITTMER, Untitled (Strength and Health collages),
c. 1940s. Collage. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Admission is free — suggested donation $5.00.
And
GoGo Dancer Appreciation Day
(7:30 - 10:30 PM) with this year's theme: Tom of Finland!

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.

ONE’s exhibition explores how producers and consumers of physique photography negotiated silence and censorship to carve out a space for homoerotic content on the sidelines of dominant culture. Using photographer Bob Mizer, founder of the American Model Guild (AMG), and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland,” as a fulcrum, the exhibition looks back to those who preceded the two, influential contemporaries, and more broadly examines how the circulation of underground erotic materials contributed to the rise to queer culture.

Drawn from the collections of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest LGBTQ repository in the world, with additional materials on loan from the Tom of Finland Foundation, the exhibition includes numerous bodybuilding and beefcake magazines from the period, as well as original artworks, collages, primary documents, and a range of related ephemera.

Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom is organized by David Frantz, Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
Hours: Thursday 4:00 - 8:00 PM, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Closed Monday through Wednesday. Suggested donation of $5.00 to help fund the archive.
626 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069 · Map · 323.546.9299
Enter gallery on El Tovar Place.

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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland