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In the Galleries: Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom

In the Galleries: Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom

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Exploring the social and historical context surrounding erotic art and physique photography during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s

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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.

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.

This opening reception is held in conjunction with the MOCA members opening for Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland at MOCA PDC (8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069). Following these openings receptions the City of West Hollywood is presenting a Tom of Finland themed Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day event at Larrabee (8853 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069). Information the City's Go-Go event here.

Art & Physique Circa Bob & Tom
November 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014

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

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6-9 p.m.

More information here.
RSVP on Facebook here.

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American Model Guild, Bulletin 48, June 1, 1955. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Harold L. Dittmer, Unknown (Strength and Health collage), c. 1940s. Collage. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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George Quaintance, After the Storm, 1951. 8 x 11 inch reproduction c. 1950s. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Interior of Butch, Vol. 1, No. 8. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Harold L. Dittmer, Unknown (Strength and Health collage), c. 1940s. Collage. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Douglas Juleff (aka Douglas of Detroit) catalog sheet, c. 1960s. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Physique Pictorial, Vol. 1, No. 2. with a cover illustration by George Quaintance. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Interior of Physique Pictorial, Vol. 14, No. 4 with a satrical text "Heterosexuality Can Be Cured." ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Advertisement for Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild (AMG) from Strength and Health (March 1953). ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Artist unknown, Unknown (Erotic fantasy drawing), c. 1940s/1950s. Watercolor and ink on paper, 14 x 12 inches. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

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Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.
Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.