Once just the stuff of spank banks and under-bed drawers, the porny work of Tom of Finland has risen to the level of high art, in case you hadn’t heard. L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art is about to open a full-scale exhibit of his art work, bulging crotches, super-sized cocks, and all.
The exhibit opens tomorrow, and the museum just put out this documentary teaser of sorts, featuring an interview with one of Tom’s longtime companions, Durk Dehner, who shared his L.A. home with Tom in his later years, and whose house has now become home to the Tom of Finland foundation.
Tom’s real name was Touko Laaksonen, and he was given the name Tom of Finland by Physique Pictorial publisher Bob Mizer in 1957. And just as this exhibit is happening, we should point out there’s also an indie film project in the works called Tom that’s trying to raise some cash for completing production.