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THE CURVE: MOCA presents Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of twentieth century erotic art and forefathers of an emergent post-war gay culture. The exhibition features a selection of Tom of Finland’s masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer’s rarely seen photo-collage “catalogue boards” and films, as well as a comprehensive collection of his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial, where drawings by Tom were first published in 1957. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and guest co-curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition is presented with the full collaboration of the Bob Mizer Foundation, El Cerrito, and the Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.
In addition to approximately 75 finished and preparatory drawings by Tom of Finland spanning 1947–1991, the exhibition includes a selection of Tom’s never before exhibited scrapbook collages, and examples of his serialized graphic novels, including the legendary leatherman Kake, as well as a selection of Mizer’s “catalogue boards,” AMG films, and a complete set of Physique Pictorial magazine. An accompanying publication includes texts by the exhibition co-curators and a selection of images.
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Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland is made possible by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and The City of West Hollywood.
Additional support is provided by Blake Byrne.
Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.
BOB MIZER & TOM OF FINLAND Two artists and collaborators who helped to define postwar gay culture are celebrated in this exhibition at the MOCA Pacific Design Center. Nov. 2-Jan. 26, MOCA Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, Calif., (213) 626-6222, moca.org.