The past few months have been huge for the foundation. From the major exhibitions currently on view at MOCA and NYU to Miami Art Basel, Bob Mizer has been all over the place lately. We want to make sure you don't miss anything, so here is some documentation of our recent activity.
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.
The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art recently announced the institution’s acquisition of works by Bob Mizer along with important pieces by contemporary artists Ryan Trecartin and Rodney McMillen. The Mizer artwork includes two double-sided “catalog boards” of historical importance used in the production of catalogs of his thousands of images. “Mizer’s work is now within the walls of another major public institution,” said Dennis Bell, founder of the Bob Mizer Foundation. “As a result of our close collaboration with New York’s Invisible- Exports gallery and their groundbreaking solo Mizer exhibition last January, we are showing new audiences that Bob Mizer’s creative output is more Americana than anyone previously thought. Bob Mizer is a true artist.”