Best of CH 2020: Editors’ Favorites

From outdoor art to virtual conversations, our picks from the year that was

Browsing the thousands of stories we published on COOL HUNTING each year provides us with meaningful memories. In 2020, the many experiences we had with people and places were significant, despite being very different from any year previous. The inability to travel, visit artist’s studios, dine next to a fascinating individual, and see shows in sweaty venues led us to attempt more creative ways of …

Tom of Finland’s Centenary, Seen Through The Artist’s Home, Foundation + Collaborations

Reverberations from the life of the "gay Norman Rockwell"

Born 8 May 1920, homoerotic artist Tom of Finland had a multi-decade career that did not end with his passing in 1991. The legacy of Tom, born Touko Valio Laaksonen, continues to influence emerging artists and inspire members of the queer community. Tom House in LA’s Echo Park is still the center of the expanding universe that surrounds the artist and his work. The Tom …

Art Collector’s Manhattan “Phallus Palace”

Charles Leslie (art collector and founder of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, among other things) has an apartment in Manhattan that’s full of homoerotic art. It’s so full that it’s been dubbed the Phallus Palace. From site-specific murals to ancient artifacts, sculptures, souvenirs, embroidered cushions, tapestries, photography, painting and beyond, it’s a treasure trove that has every inch of the walls and tables …