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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
Setptember 2 - October 1, 2016
San Francisco, CA

Strut
presents
Becoming Tom
An Intimate look at Tom of Finland’s Inspirations

Events: Becoming Tom

Opening: Friday, September 2, 2016
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us, September 2nd at Strut for a very special Opening Reception were we will celebrate the arrival of a collection from the Tom of Finland Foundation!  We are honored to be showing an intimate look at the origins of the iconic, and legendary Tom of Finland.

Tom of Finland’s art has always brought us gay images as heroic God-like figures that have become a crucial historic part of the gay art world. In this exhibition, we will see a selection of source materials, which helped to serve as inspiration for some of his work. In 1984, the nonprofit Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) was established by the artist Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920 – 1991) and Durk Dehner. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homoerotic art, the Foundation’s original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response.

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp as always, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Please contact Strut's Community Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at bporrashernandez@sfaf.org, if you have any questions.

 


Venue:
Strut
September 2 - October 1, 2016
Mondays thru Saturdays/Various Hours · Closed Sundays

470 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114 · Map

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NAKED MEN
“I almost never draw a completely naked man. He has to have at least a pair of boots or something on. To me, a fully dressed man is more erotic than a naked one. A naked man is, of course beautiful, but dress him in black leather or a uniform — ah, then he is more than beautiful, then he is sexy!”
— Tom of Finland