MOCA, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, will present the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art and collaborations of Bob Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920-1991), two giant figures of twentieth century erotic art and legendary pioneers of Post-war gay culture. This exhibition will feature a selection of Laaksonen’s iconic and masterful drawings and books, alongside Mizer’s photographs, films, and examples of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial — where drawings by “Tom of Finland” were first published in the United States in 1957. Spanning work of five decades considers their aesthetic influence on generations of artists, both gay and straight, while also acknowledging the profound cultural and social impact, most importantly in providing open, powerful imagery of queer sexuality in an era of rapidly shifting attitudes towards homosexuality. This exhibition is organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and will run from November 2, 2013 to January 26, 2014.
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