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3000 Original Films from Bob Mizer’s AMG to be Saved

Sailors, wizards and cowboys hide in hundreds of boxes of film packed away for decades, waiting to see the light of day once again.  The Bob Mizer Foundation announced today the launch of a Kickstarter fundraising project that will begin the preservation of a major collection of early gay erotic films produced by porn pioneer Bob Mizer throughout the 1950s - 1970s.  

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Devotion: Excavating Bob Mizer at 80WSE Gallery

  In the first solo presentation of the work of trailblazing photographer and film maker Bob Mizer, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development will present DEVOTION, an exhibition and live-archiving event at the 80 Washington Square East Gallery from November 23 through February 15.  Organized by Billy Miller, Jonathan Berger, and Dennis Bell of the Bob Mizer Foundation, the exhibition will feature 45 black and white and color photographs that span Mizer's career, the majority of which are on view for the first time. The exhibit also features a live archiving component, through which students from the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions will unearth over 500,000 of the Foundation’s never-before-seen negatives.

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"Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland" Exhibition at LA MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is organizing the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art and collaborations of Bob Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka "Tom of Finland" (1920-1991), two of the towering figures of twentieth century erotic art and heroes of an emergent post-war gay culture. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and Guest Co-Curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition will feature a selection of Laaksonen's masterful drawings and collages, alongside Mizer's photographs, films, and ephemera, including his groundbreaking magazine Physique Pictorial—where drawings by Laaksonen were first published in 1957.

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