August 10, 2013
/ Modern Art
Tom of Finland
"The Origin of the World"
Performance by Ariana Reines July 6
London, United Kingdom
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Of The Hat And Odds & Ends:
Kati Mustola outside Kiasma museum
in Helsinki Pride
The Finnish procession
made its way from Senate Square, down Aleksanterinkatu Street, and
along the city’s main thoroughfare, Mannerheimintie to Hakasalmi
Park — the site of an afternoon festival with 7,000 people
Participants in Helsinki
Pride 2013 week’s annual parade included the American ambassador
to Finland, Bruce Oreck, Sports and Culture Minister Paavo Arhinmäki,
Minority Ombudsman Eeva Biaudet, Tom
of Finland Seura and MSC
Finland – Tom’s Club.
Pride 2013 Website
It Happen: TOM’S BAR ’13
Tom wanted a party —
and that is exactly what you gave him!
TOM’s Foundation thanks
every soul that made TOM’s Bar rock this year. A big thanks to the
artists that give us so much: Michael Kirwan, Rick Castro, Steven
H. Garcia, E. Salvador Hernandez, Lalo Ugalde, and Hector Silva.
Kudos to the stalwart
ToFF Volunteers! Plus our sponsors (can’t do anything without
them). Shawn Farnsworth and the Faultline staff, host Pup Don and
the Los Angeles Bank of Brothers, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,
Sold Out Clothing, 665, Instigator Magazine, DJ Rocketman LA, PornTeam,
Maximus, Slyd, Midtowne Spa and JocksAndMore.
Thank you to Robert Green,
John Mendez, Miguel Angel Reyes and Lorenzo Gomez for their amazing
photos of the event!
and more on TOM's
Tom of Finland:
Crossing Over To The Realm Of Fine Art
TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Detail) 1976, Gouache on paper,
17.75” x 24.00”
Volker Morlock collection, © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation
Lenkiewicz ©Artlyst 2013
passed away in 1991. His legacy has influenced an entire generation.
In 1984 the Tom of Finland Foundation was dedicated to collecting, preserving,
and exhibiting homoerotic artwork. Although Tom may have been criticised
by some in the Art world, he remained true to himself and opened up
another important thread to how the public perceive art. Tom of Finland’s
work covers six decades. His social and personal impact has placed his
work within the Fine Art realm.
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British Museum Introduces
Audio Gay History Guide
Museum has introduced a new audio guide narrated by Simon Russell Beale,
which focuses on gay content in the museum collection. The project titled
“A Little Gay History” brings to light objects and art from ancient
Egyptian scrolls to the homoerotic depictions on Greek and Roman pottery.
concepted and written by curator Richard Parkinson explores what it
means to be gay by recording same-sex themes in art from the ancient
world to David Hockney.
“Museums have always been
very important spaces for people to consider their own sexual identity,”
explained Mr Parkinson – curator in the ancient Egypt department – in
the guide. ”Most museums have collections of Greek and Roman statues
which show men looking very naked, so for men who desired other men
it was one of the few spaces where they could look at naked male bodies
in a culturally respectable sort of way.”
“People often think that
gay and lesbian history is a minority history, but of course it is part
of humanity’s history. Sexual diversity is something that affects us
all.” Mr Parkinson added.
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Institute Of Contemporary
Exhibition Explores Politics, Gender And Sexuality
© 1962 Tom of Finland Foundation
A new exhibition
at London’s ICA titled Keep Your Timber Limber explores how
artists since the 1940s to the present day have used drawing to address
ideas critical and current to their time, ranging from the politics
of gender and sexuality to feminist issues, war, censorship and race.
Stretching from fashion to erotica, the works can all be viewed as being
in some way transgressive, employing traditional and commercial drawing
techniques to challenge specific social, political or stylistic conventions.
Choosing to step outside
the boundaries of social acceptability, the works in Keep Your Timber
Limber (Works on Paper) comprise modest proposals and trenchant
political gestures. At first glance, Tom of Finland’s erotic drawings
from the 1950s and '60s seem to be simply pornographic, though they
always endeavor – as part of a personal manifesto – to present the healthy
sex lives of gay men. Unusual at the time, homosexual erotica often
portrayed men as aggressive, angry or shameful. Tom of Finland’s beaming
protagonists illustrate these unions as joyful ones. Tom of Finland’s
drawings have since become an important beacon for many homosexual men
– found in physique pamphlets they were their first introduction to
a world of which they were a part.
Your Timber Limber ICA London June 19 - September 8
Capital Of Culture Year 2011
An Example For Future Titleholders
of Culture year 2011 was an excellent example for future capitals of
culture, with its emphasis on well-being and programme that encouraged
the active participation of people. A significant new initiative was
also the introduction of scientific research into the year’s programme.
Sylvain Pasqua, who works
at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture,
attending the publication of the evaluation report and compilation of
articles, thanked Turku for evaluating what the Capital of Culture year
had to offer and for looking far into the future. On behalf of the Commission,
Pasqua participates in the selection of capitals of culture and in the
preparation of new legislation concerning them.
"The European Capitals
of Culture can produce huge cultural, economic and social benefits for
cities holding the title. For that to happen, they must be embedded
in the long term development strategy of the cities, and cities must
have evaluation tools at their disposal to better steer the whole process.
That is why the on-going evaluation being carried out in Turku is so
important and exemplar. It provides the city of Turku with the opportunity
to better understand the many changes which have been – and are still
being – induced through hosting the title, and better accompany future
developments", said Pasqua.
"I can only invite your
city to continue making the most of its year as European Capital of
Culture", he continued.
on Turku ÅBO 2011 Website
Tom of Finland retrospective was one of the key highlights of
Turku’s European Capital of Culture 2011.
From The Archives
Homotopia’s Campaign For Their 5th Festival Outing
In European Capital Of Culture Year 2008
UK) is preparing for it’s 10th annual festival in 2013.
Says Artistic Director Gary
Everett “From modest beginnings in 2004 Homotopia has grown into an
international flag-bearer for high quality queer culture consistently
punching above our weight. We are very excited to bring an international
star like John Waters to Liverpool for our big tenth birthday celebrations.”
The creator of Hairspray and collaborator with, amongst others,
Divine, Mink Stole, Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner and Tab Hunter, will
be performing his one man show This Filthy World. Focusing
on his early negative artistic influences and fascination with true
crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary
art world, this joyously devious monologue elevates all that is trashy
in life into a call to arms to “filth followers” everywhere.
out the BIG plans for their 10th birthday!
U.S.’s Social Experiment
The founders of this country
created a revolutionary nation – no other existed like it at
the time. They created a government, powerful yet arranged to protect
us in all our rights. The framers of the Constitution included men who
had fought a war for independence – the very war celebrated on this
“Glorious Fourth” – against a country in which church and state were
essentially one, ruled under the doctrine of divine right.
These wise and learned men
understood the long history of sectarian bloodshed in Europe that brought
many pilgrims to America. They knew the dangers of merging government,
which was designed to preserve individual rights, with religion, which
as Thomas Jefferson argued, was a matter of personal conscience.
Thomas Jefferson and James
Madison understood how the officially Christian governments of Europe
had crushed human freedom, they knew about the constant religious wars
among rival factions of Christianity, and, on their own shores, had
witnessed religious oppression and pious tyranny in the American colonies
The supreme law
of the land – the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787 – includes no references
to religion or a god – including in the presidential oath of office
– until the conclusion of Article VI, “No religious Test shall ever
be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the
From the United States Declaration
of Independence, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” guarantees
each and every citizen of the United States of America – the first
secular government in the world – the freedom to reject or accept
religion, the right to determine his or her own spiritual path, if any,
and empowers us to make our own, private decisions.
With Sharp, David Villegas, Dave Alexson, Kersu Dalal,
Tom Trafelet, Durk Dehner (and Mack) and Esteban Bartholo Iriarte.
Photo: T. E. Ponce Photography
LA's Black Cat Tavern was
established in 1966. Two months later, on the night of New Year’s 1967,
several plain-clothes police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern.
After arresting several patrons for kissing as they celebrated the occasion,
the undercover police officers began beating several of the patrons
and ultimately arrested thirteen patrons and three bartenders.
This created a riot in the
immediate area that expanded to include the bar across Sanborn Avenue
called New Faces where officers knocked down the owner (a woman) and
beat two bartenders unconscious.
Several days later, this
police action incited a civil demonstration of over 200 attendees to
protest the raids. The demonstration was organized by a group called
PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education). The protest was met
by squadrons of armed policemen. Two of the men arrested for kissing
were later convicted under state law and registered as sex offenders.
The men appealed, asserting their right of equal protection under the
law, but the U.S. Supreme Court did not accept their case.
It was from this event that
the publication The Advocate began as a newspaper for PRIDE
(Personal Rights in Defense and Education). Together the raid on the
Black Cat Tavern and later the raid on The Patch in August 1968 inspired
the formation of the Metropolitan Community Church.
These events surrounding
the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles pre-dated the New York Stonewall
riots by over two years.
entry for Black
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Over the years ToFF has remained
the foremost erotic art organization across the globe. Without your
contribution we could not make the future of the Foundation possible
and appreciate your continued support. Your membership allows us to
maintain a commitment to protect, preserve, and promote erotic art.
As a Member you are helping
us promote both emerging and established erotic artists. A few of the
exhibitions include The Mutable Portrait , Tilt, Ménage Men,
Less Than 10”, as well as exhibitions featuring George Towne, John
Williams, Jeremy Lucido, Fernando Carpaneda, Michael Kirwan, REX, and
Herb Ritts. Tom of Finland’s work continues to be seen coast to coast
in the U.S. and across the globe. In the center of Stockholm, TOM’s
art was featured in a retrospective welcomed at their cultural center.
There are new titles on TOM
including a beautiful anthology of the artist: TOM OF FINLAND –
Life and Work of a Gay Hero. ToFF continues to supply publishers
and producers with high quality images and accurate information about
TOM and frequently presents new artists for different projects.
TOM was a founder of MSC
Finland, a club for leather, rubber and biker guys. Your membership
also supports Leather fraternities and contests, both local and international
and allows us to have a presence at events such as San Diego Pride and
Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.
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contribution will help us maintain this cultural monument as we continue
to expand our educational and philanthropic efforts to include an artist
exchange program with Finland. As you can imagine, your support goes
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are considered tax-deductible. We are grateful for your help
in the past and we look forward to growing our relationship in the future!
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