This weekend, get plugged in

8th December 2020, 7:06 pm


We are only three days away from this year’s Tom of Finland Foundation Art & Culture Festival, and can’t wait to be with you all!

On Friday, 11th December, there is a Special Preview of the Festival all day. It is open to The World of TOM patrons, ToFF members, and special guests. Not a patron or a member yet? Sign up now to get the login password for Friday. 

This Plugged In Special Preview, beginning at noon, gives you an opportunity to shop and make your art purchases FIRST, prior to the Festival opening. In addition, Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder of the Foundation, will be giving an exclusive talk at 6p. The talk will be followed by a private party with a DJ set from Matt Pernicano and DJ Rose/Lethal Amounts.

Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the public! There will be:

  • 70 artists selling their erotic artwork
  • An art auction
  • Performances and video playlists by 25 artists
  • DJ sets
  • Talks with Durk, artists and members of the community
  • Announcement of the winners of Tom of Finland Foundation’s Emerging Artist Competition
  • Life drawing session with four models



1p: Welcome and Intro

1:05p: Coming Out: Leather and Fetish, Fetish & Kink with Durk Dehner, Jon Wright, John McConnell, and Marc Ransdell-Bellenger 

2p: Artists’ Corner: Queer Art Practices w/ Rubén Esparza & Jordan Green speaking to: BlackManWhiteBaby, Suzanne Shifflett, Seosamh “Joe” Lily, Anka Connolley, and Vicente Urgecheta 

3p: Video Presentations

4p: Subversive Ink: a reading for the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival Plugged In with Steven Reigns

5p: Overlaps: Art + Identity + Activism with Rubén Esparza, speaking with Ron Athey, Cassils, and Rafa Esparza 

6p: Video Presentations

6:30p: Announcement of the Emerging Artists Competition Winners

7p: Celebrate Together: DJ Set with DJ Kita


10a: Life Drawing with Miguel Reyes

12p: Welcome & Introduction with Sharp and Ruben

12:05p: Around The World With Tom’s Men with Stuart Sandford, Brontez Purnell, Slava Mogutin, and Matt Lambert

1p: WTF: What the Flick with Bruce La Bruce

2p: Video Presentations

2:30p: Tom of Finland Awards Announcement

3:30p: Closing remarks and garden walkthrough with Durk

Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival: Plugged In

11th Dec 2020 – 3rd Jan 2021 @ All Day – EXTENDED till the beginning of January 2021 NOTE this is LA time (PST) Tom of Finland Foundation is proud to announce its 25th Art and Culture Festival: Plugged In. The festival will be held online during the second weekend of December. “It’s so important to continue the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival – even […]

“This festival is not only a platform championing queer art and queer artists, but also a gathering place where all queer communities can come together.” said Rubén Esparza, Festival Coordinator and Founder of the Queer Biennial.

The Foundation has created a website especially for this online event. Most of this event is free and open to the public; donations to the Foundation gratefully accepted during this difficult time and ToFF members get early access.

History of Leather and Fetish Talk with Durk Dehner and Marc Ransdell Bellenger with special guests including Jon Wright and John McConnell.


Published: 8th December 2020


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