November 9, 2013 – January 26, 2014

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Opening reception: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6-9pm

Find information on additional programs in conjunction with this exhibition below.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom at the ONE Gallery in West Hollywood, an exhibition exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art and physique photography during the 1940s, 50s and 60s on the occasion of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s retrospective Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland. ONE’s exhibition explores how producers and consumers of physique photography negotiated silence and censorship to carve out a space for homoerotic content on the sidelines of dominant culture. Using photographer Bob Mizer, founder of the Athletic Model Guild (AMG), and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland,” as a fulcrum, the exhibition looks back to those who preceded the two, influential contemporaries, and more broadly examines how the circulation of underground erotic materials contributed to the rise of queer culture. Drawn from the collections of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest LGBTQ repository in the world, with additional materials on loan from the Tom of Finland Foundation, the exhibition includes numerous bodybuilding and beefcake magazines from the period, as well as original artworks, collages, primary documents, and a range of related ephemera.

Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom is organized by David Frantz, Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

 

 

 

Programs

California LGBT Arts Alliance
MOCA to ONE: Art Walk and Tour of Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland  and Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2-5pm

The California LGBT Arts Alliance presents a tour of both MOCA and ONE’s exhibitions featuring Durk Dehner and John Sonsini at MOCA, and David Frantz and John Palatinus at ONE,to be followed by a reception at the ONE Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Program begins at 2pm at MOCA PDC. Find a full schedule below:

MOCA Pacific Design Center, 2-3:15pm
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tour of Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland by Durk Dehner, President of the Tom of Finland Foundation, and John Sonsini, Artist and Assistant to Bob Mizer from 1986 – 1992

Art Walk from MOCA to ONE, 3:15-3:30pm

ONE Gallery, 3:30-5:00pm
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tour of Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom by David Frantz, Curator at ONE Archives, and John Palatinus, 1950’s Male Physique Photographer

The tour will be followed by a reception at the ONE Gallery.

 

MOCA is presenting two panel discussions in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers in conjunction with the exhibition Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland. We encourage you to attend these events and visit the ONE Gallery:

The Shaping of Desires
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 3pm

West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

A lively conversation exploring artistic investigations and representations of bodies, sexualities, and genders with artists Heather Cassils, Monica Majoli, and A. L. Steiner, moderated by MoMA PS1 Curatorial Associate and ONE’s Cruising the Archive co-curator, Mia Locks.

Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland: Making Models of Homo-Masculinity
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 3pm

West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Dennis Bell, President of the Bob Mizer Foundation, Durk Dehner, President of the Tom of Finland Foundation, and artists Richard Hawkins and John Sonsini, will discuss the artistic and cultural significance of Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland in a conversation moderated by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson on World AIDS Day.

 

Image: (Background) Harold L. Dittmer, Unknown (Strength and Health collages), c. 1945. Collage. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries