“Here, we share life stories and it’s part of the way – the heritage, the culture – that elders like myself pass on the important stories about all sorts of our culture.”
– Durk Dehner, President of Tom of Finland Foundation
Each room in TOM House is special, and designated with its own title due to the house’s cultural historic monument status.
In order to give the TOM’s Hall tour, Durk stands at the dining room table: one of the pieces of furniture that was contained in the house when it was bought. Durk describes the original lightings and built in fixtures from the 1911 Echo Park Craftsman.
In this tour, Durk shows just some of the hundreds of binders of erotic art in TOM House. He shows some of the work, including that of photographer and collage artist Victor Arimondi and artist Olaf Odegaard, the “Erotic Master of the Graphite Pencil”.
Durk also discusses some of the ways in which archiving such fragile material is difficult in terms of both preservation of the physical material, as well as presentation of the art. TOM House has the largest collection of Tom art, totaling around 1,500 works. In addition to Tom’s work, the foundation has more than 100,000 images and related materials.
Please enjoy this video of Durk and Durk’s stories in Tom’s Hall.
Published: 17th November 2020Tags: TOM House Tours, TOM's Hall