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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 2 - 4, 2015
Los Angeles, CA

Tom of Finland Foundation
Tom of Finland
Art & Culture Festival 2015
2015 Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival Program
Click the program cover above to view the 2015 Art & Culture Festival program.

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Samples from The Artists


Applause to All of Our Artists, Sponsors and Volunteers
Bravo to All Our Supporters, Patrons and Visitors
Kudos to Our Performers, Poets and Filmmakers
Ovations to Our Award and Competition Recipients

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Photos by Miguel Angel Reyes




TOM House is hosting an expanded program, Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival.

Situated on a quiet street in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, TOM House is the site where the artist Tom of Finland lived and worked for the last decade of his life, producing the erotic drawings for which he was internationally renowned. Preserved in homage to Tom, the House is visited by fans from around the world. The House also remains a home for the operations of the Tom of Finland Foundation, whose archives comprise the world’s largest repository of erotic art.

This year's Art & Culture Festival will showcase more than 30 artists, both emerging and established. The weekend festival will showcase live performance, poetry readings, short films, and art – spanning sculpture, photography, paintings, sketches, digital renderings and more – will be for sale.

If you'd like to volunteer, visit our VOLUNTEERS page.


October 2, Friday

6:00 to 10:00 PM
Opening - Introduction by Jordan

7:00 - 10:00 PM
Short Films, Intermission, Performance by _FINE_ARTIST_, Short Films

October 3, Saturday

Noon to 6:00 PM
Art Fair
& Film Loops Playing in the Living Room

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Life Drawing Sessions with Miguel Angel Reyes

5:00 PM
"Born to Raise Questions"
A Conversation with Durk Dehner, Roger Earl,
and Terry Le Grand Discussing the Film Born to Raise Hell

5:30 PM
Celebrate Gore Vidal’s Birthday with Rick Castro in the Dungeon!

6:00 PM
Reception - Emcee Jordan

6:30 PM
The Seraphim Collective - Male Bellydancers

7:00 PM
Introduction - The Delusional Illusionist DemenCha

7:30 PM
Awards Presentation - Durk Dehner

10:00 PM
Closing

October 4, Sunday

Noon to 6:00 PM
Art Fair
& Film Loops Playing in the Living Room

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Life Drawing Sessions with Miguel Angel Reyes

1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Erotic Poetry Curated by Steven Reigns

3:45 - 4:00 PM
Performance by Jordan

4:00 - 6:00 PM
Tea Dance

DJ Rocketman   Wrap up your weekend at TOM House with our Tea Dance from 4:00 to 6:00 PM; strap on your boogie shoes and turn the beat around with the sunset people, doing it right on our patio dance floor with ‘70s disco and classic rock.

6:00 PM
Closing Ceremony

Refreshments available throughout the day.


Rick Castro in the Dungeon at TOM House

Rick Castro in the Dungeon at TOM House


World of Tom of Finland: Homo History

A currated portion of Jeffrey Gent’s Homo History collection will be
on view at TOM House during the Festival.


AD's Blog

Thank you to Ad Schuring for this installation and superb documentation.


Filmmakers
Antonio Da Silva
Bruce LaBruce
Chasen Igleheart
Gio Black Peter
Gregorio Davila
Jamie Ross
La Cruz
Matt Lambert
Mies Mikkonen
Patrick Staff
Phil Tarley
Rich Yap
Curators
Stuart Sandford
Rubén Esparza
  Filmmakers

Performers
The Delusional Illusionist DemenCha
 
_FINE_ARTIST_
The Delusional Illusionist DemenCha   _FINE_ARTIST_

TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION AWARDS
TERRY LE GRAND   ROGER EARL
PETER BERLIN   F. VALENTINE HOOVEN, III
RICK CASTRO   MARK I. CHESTER
CARRINGTON GALEN   S. R. SHARP

Introducing the Poets
Steven Reigns  

Steven Reigns
www.stevenreigns.com

     
David Parke Epstein   David Parke Epstein
Ramón García   Ramón García
Ben Trigg   Ben Trigg
Matias Viegener   Matias Viegener

Frontiers Media
     
The Bullet Bar   Eagle LA
     
Faultline
     
GED Magazine   RED Studios
     
Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools
     
Antebellum DJ RocketManLA Ruben Esparza Curatorial

Getting to the Festival

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Our friends at Taix French Restaurant have allowed us to use their auxiliary parking lot for the Art Festival. You can park behind Taix at the corner of Reservoir and Liberty Streets, just north of Sunset and east of Alvarado, across the street from the church. Please use the spaces against the back wall.

We will have a shuttle running on the 1/2 hour to TOM House. It will stop at the parking lot and the southwest corner of Montana Street and Echo Park Avenue. Look for the ToFF sign on the vehicle. The driver’s mobile is 213.322.3915.


You may also want to consider using Uber or Lyft.

Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER
Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER

Accommodations near TOM House

Super 8 Motel

1341 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
213.250.2233

Comfort Inn

2717 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
213.413.8222

Quality Inn & Suites

250 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90004
213.639.1920

TOM House
(Foundation Headquarters)
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park) Map

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NAKED MEN
“I almost never draw a completely naked man. He has to have at least a pair of boots or something on. To me, a fully dressed man is more erotic than a naked one. A naked man is, of course beautiful, but dress him in black leather or a uniform — ah, then he is more than beautiful, then he is sexy!”
— Tom of Finland