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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 19 - May 19, 2018
Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
presents
TOM House:
The Work and Life of Tom of Finland

Events: Seattle Erotic Art Festival

At Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead

The exhibition features work by Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) and incorporate artists who supported and admired his work over the years, including Richard Hawkins, Robert Mapplethorpe, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and John Waters. The presentation will also include photographs, reference materials, and ephemera.

Tom of Finland’s drawings – remarkable not only for their masterful rendering, but also their fantastical representation of the male form – have been long celebrated for their radical role in broadening the popular understanding of Queer experience in art. Placed in context with his peers, the assemblage of these artworks engages a sensational narrative, one that helped define a generation.

Tom spent the last decade of his life between Finland and TOM House in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. In partnering with Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the exhibition will evoke the spirit of the home where Tom had his studio and lived during his final years. In their own way, both Tom and Mike spent their careers challenging the boundaries of art and social engagement, be it through their craft or thematic pursuits. The coupling of the two Foundations seeks to highlight the work of Queer artists across the globe and carry out the mission of protecting, preserving and promoting Queer art.

7:00 PM TICKETS

AfterParty

9:00 PM TICKETS

Tom of Finland Movie

FILM: Tom of Finland – 22 April
MOCAD’s Café 78 4:00 PM

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of the artist, one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century Gay culture. The film will be followed by a Q&A with exhibition curators Durk Dehner, S. R. Sharp, and Graeme Flegenheimer.

Naughty Model Drawing

Naughty Drawing – 19th May
MOCAD’s Café 78 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Naughty figure drawing with live models and cocktails.
Hosted by Tylonn J. Sawyer.

This exhibition and programs deal with mature themes. Adults visiting with youth must preview before entering exhibition or program.


PREVIEW: The New York Times Style Magazine

New York Times Style Review

Opening this month at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the intimate exhibition TOM House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland will give visitors a glimpse of the artist’s former home and studio, bringing together over 200 works and objects. Rare sketches (including his last preparatory drawing from 1991, the year that he died) are displayed side-by-side with personal effects, like childhood prints from the 1920s, an illustrated condom packet and Laaksonen’s leather Harley cap.

“I would imagine this exhibition will bring joy and lots of pleasure,” said Durk Dehner, the co-founder and president of the Tom of Finland Foundation.

By Benoît Loiseau

The Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead is commissioned by Artangel in association with MOCAD, LUMA Foundation and Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts with the generous support of the Artangel International Circle. Support for the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Presenting sponsorship for TOM House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland is provided by Equality Michigan. Generous support is provided by Anonymous, Christopher Burcham, Gretchen + Ethan Davidson, Doc Duhan, Nicole + Stephen Eisenberg, Sid Galton, Stephen Krawchuk, Jeff + Loren Gillis Newsom, Rob Hennig, CV Henriette, Colt Mix, Brien O’Brien, Daniel Parente, Stefano Pilati, Red Bull, Michael Reynolds, Rizzoli International Publications, Mayer Rus, the Shipley-Miller Foundation, Takoi, and Jon Wright. Generous in-kind support provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon, and David Kordansky Gallery.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Mobile Homestead Hours: Friday – Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 · Map
Phone: 313.832.6622 · E-mail: mobilehomestead@mocadetroit.org
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"Whenever I was depressed or disgusted, I would feel him, that spirit inside, urging me back to living, back to drawing, I believe there is a lot to the world that can’t be seen or touched, and if you turn away from that — especially if you are an artist — you are avoiding an important part of life, maybe the very heart of it.” — Tom of Finland