Tom Of Finland (NSFW) – Exhibition Closing Review (Fotografiska NYC)

The closing party for the Tom of Finland exhibition at Fotografiska (NYC) was a delicious blend of what Comte de Lautréamont would have labeled a “Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella.” Performances by Bound, and Kembra Pfahler in all her glorious Avant-garde, drew a perfect line of Decadence in the sand, uniting the night in an exquisite range of spirited events. 

The Tom of Finland wallpaper in the bathroom (see image below) left me itching for the Marquis himself to make an appearance. I think the most evocative conversations of the night were to be had amongst strangers as we stared at each other and back at the wallpaper in curiously shared glances of mischievousness. 

Tom of Finland himself was an artist named Finnish Touko Laaksonen, born in 1920, who died in 1991 from Helsinki. He signed his artworks, “Tom.” When his work was first published in 1957, he was christened “Tom of Finland.” 

The show itself was a celebration of Tom’s life and work. The curated collection highlights the importance of preserving the erotic arts in three words: raw, sexy, and fierce. 

All images provided by Fotografskia (with the exception of the wallpaper), © Tom of Finland Foundation 2021

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